Kamakhya Temple in Assam is famous as one of the most revered Shakti temples in India. Regarded as one of the Shakti Peethams, the temple is associated with the legend of Shiva and Daksha Yagna. The temple is located in the Nilachal hills, about 8 km west to the city of Guwahati,
Festivities at Kamakhya Temple
The Ambubachi is the biggest festival in the temple; it begins on the 7th day of the Indian calendar of Ashaad month. Usually on the 22 of June.The festival continues for 3 days when the temple is closed. Devotees from all over the world visit the temple during that time; the temple is opened on the fourth day. Book your tickets and hotels in advance if you visit during that time. Manasha Puja,Durga Puja, and the Debaddhani festival are also celebrated here.
What to see at Kamakhya Temple
Mostly people offer pujas to the godess Kamakhya. Built atop the hills, the view is magnificient and so is the inlay of the temple where one can see sculptures of various hindu Gods & goddesses. Interesting images of Yoni of the Goddess, Ganesha, Chamundeswari, dancing fitures, are quite captivating.
Pilgrims queue at the entrance porch from where they are moved to the semi dark inner sanctorum. The image of the Goddess is kept on a throne. You will see a small pool, devotees offer puja near the water. The symbolic organ covered in a red cloth can be seen from here.
Visit the Bhubaneswari Temple further up the hill, the view of the serpentine Bramhaputra & the drive if not anything else is a sure charmer.
The temple remains open from 8 am till the evening, a break around 1.30 pm.
Best time to visit Kamakhya Temple
Unless you want to see the festivities, April is the best time to visit Guwahati & the temple; it also coincides with the Bihu festival the climate is at its best during this time.
Journey to Kamakhya (Guwahati)
The airport is very close to the temple, most domestic carriers have daily flights to Guwahati. Railway: ther are plenty of trains to Guwahati from all parts of India, mostly routed through Kolkata. Kamrup express and Rajdhani are some important trains.
Road: Guwahati is well connected by road, there are private taxi services, as well as government and semi deluxe buses. The bus services in Guwahati are excellent.
Hotels at Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam
Being the commercial centre of the North east Hotels in Guwahati are aplenty from budget to the luxury, most of the budget hotels are located in an area called Paltan bazaar, the commercial hub of the city. List of some of the luxury hotels are:
Hotel Bellevue Hotel Kuber International Hotel Bramhaputra Ashok Hotel Rituraj Hotel Nandan Hotel Rajmahal Hotel Dynasty Ambarish Hotel