Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati
· Summer: 25 to 30° C (Pleasant)
· Winter: -10 to 20° C (Cool)
· Monsoon: June to October
Best time to visit:
October to March
Opening Time: 05:30 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: N/A
Entry Fees for Indians
Video Camera: N/A
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Sanctifying Nilachal Hills, Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya, who is known for her divine powers. Famous as the granter of wishes, according to ancient Indian scriptures Kamakhya Devi was an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
Worshipped as one of the Shakti Peeths, the temple complex has several other temples dedicated to other goddesses like Kali Devi, Tara Devi, Chinnamasta, Bhairavi, Dhumavati and Bagala etc. The oldest centre of Shakti worship, it is an important pilgrimage spot for general Hindu, especially Tantric worshippers.
The temple attracts tourists through Ambubachi and Manasha Puja. Millions of devotees from around the world come to revere Goddess Kamakhya during this time. Ambubachi festival means the festival of fertility. It is believed that on the seventh day of Ashaad, the small pool inside the temple complex turns red for three days. This symbolizes that the Goddess undergoes her menstrual cycle for three days. The temple is closed during these days, and reopened on the fourth day with a grand celebration.
State bus service connects Guwahati to nearby cities. Tourist buses are also available to reach the temple. The road condition is extremely good.
Guwahati Railway Station (located about 9 km.) is the nearest railhead to reach the temple. The station is well-connected with all major railheads like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
Guwahati Airport (located about 17 km.) is the nearest airport to reach the Kamakhya Temple. International flights can connect to Guwahati through Kolkata.