There are many Legends of Kamakhya Temple, but here is the popular mythology about this temple.
Kamakhya Temple is the place where the Brahmaputra river turns red with the menstrual blood of the Goddess Kamakhya.
It is here that the love of Goddess Sati and Lord Shiva began.
Here Kamadeva regains his masculinity.
Top 3 Legends of Kamakhya Temple
Kamakhya Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Kamakhya Devi. This is the central religious place of Hindus and especially for sadhus.
Kamakhya Temple, being one of 51 Shakti Peethas in India has gain it’s special importance
This temple is located at Nilachal Hills in the city of Guwahati in northeast India. Guwahati, the beautiful and largest city of Assam, a gateway to Northeast India and a culture of its own.
Being a center of culture, business, and religious activities, one can see here people of different races, religions, and regions together.
Although there is a lot to see and roam around in this city, if you have not seen the Kamakhya Temple, then your journey is incomplete.
In addition to the main Goddess Kamakhya in this temple, you will also find ten other forms of Goddess Kali such as Dhumavati, Matangi, Bagola, Tara, Kamala, Bhairavi, Chinnamatsa, Bhuvaneshwari, and Tripura Sundari.
Legends of Kamakhya Temple #1: Lord Shiva-Maa Sati
Let’s know the mythological history of the temple. According to mythological belief, once the goddess Sati was going to join the Maha Yagna performed by her father.
Lord Shiva stopped them from going, then both of them got into a fight. Later Goddess Sati went into the yagna without the permission of her husband, Shiva.
When Goddess Sati reached that yagna, she was embarrassed upon insult to Lord Shiva by her father in front of many gods and goddesses.
Seeing the humiliation of her husband by her father, the Goddess Sati could not bear this. Sati ended her life by jumping into the Havanakund of the Yajna.
When Lord Shiva came to know about this, he became furious and decided to take vengeance from Daksha Prajapati. Shiva reached the place where this Yajna was happening.
He took out the dead body of his wife and placed it on his shoulder and started taking the Tandava (the dance of destruction) as he made his gigantic form.
Seeing Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu left his Sudarshan Chakra, causing many body parts of the goddess.
The fragments of the body of Goddess Sati fell in many parts of the country, which are known as Shaktipeeths.
It is said that the womb and vagina of Goddess Sati fell here, and this Shaktipeeth has been constructed.
Legends Kamakhya Temple #2: Kamadeva – Lord Shiva
Now we will know how the name of this temple is called Kamakhya Temple.
Once, due to a curse was given by Lord Shiva, Kamadeva, the God of Kama, lost his masculinity.
Later Kamadeva got rid of this curse from the birth organs and womb of Goddess Shakti.
Since then, worship of Kamakhya Devi started here. Some people also believe that this is the place where the love between Goddess Sati and Lord Shiva began to.
Love is called the Kama in the Sanskrit language; hence this temple was named Kamakhya Devi.
Legend #3: Bleeding Goddess, Maa Kamakhya
Kamakhya Devi is also called the Bleeding Goddess. Here, the womb and vagina of the goddess are kept in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, where blood flows in June during Ambubachi Mela.
The people here believe that the goddess is in her menstrual period, and the Brahmaputra river turns red during this time.
During this time, this temple remains closed for three days for devotees.
The exciting thing about this place is that there is no mythological or historical evidence that the river is red with the blood of the goddess.
Some people say that at this time, priests put vermilion in the temple so that the water here appears red.
Legends Kamakhya Temple shows the creativeness of a woman, and it shows that the woman is the mother of this universe, and we should respect her.