Gateway of North East India.

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Photo of Gateway of North East India. by MANISHI VERMA
Day 1

GUWAHATI

Photo of Guwahati, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

Guwahati is the city where the capital of Assam lies -Dispur, a small village/ town. Guwahati is situated on the south bank of Brahmaputra river. It is also known as the "City of Temples" and "Light of East".

RIVER BRAHMAPUTRA -Son of Brahma.

Photo of Brahmaputra River, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

The beautiful structure situated on the Nilachal hill is the Kamakhya temple and its story attracts you to go and visit the temple which is also called the temple of the "Bleeding Goddess" ......it is situated in the western part of the city of Guwahati . A Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhya. Kamakhya means the "renowned goddess of desire". the young bride of shiva. She is a form of Goddess Parvati. The essence of female energy.

SEEKING BLESSINGS AT THE WALL OF BELLS

Photo of Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

Kamakhya temple, an important pilgrimage of the Hindus, rebuilt a number of times ever since 4-5th century AD, attracts number of believers who come to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of the Devi. the temple is amongst the 51 Shakti Peethas related to the sect that follows sati.

A SMALL MODEL DEPICTING THE STEPS TO THE TEMPLE COMPOUND.

Photo of Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

SCULPTURES CARVED ON THE TEMPLE WALLS

Photo of Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

One gets to see beautiful carvings on the exterior walls as well as on the internal walls of the Kamakhya temple. a good number of sculptures are also fixed on the temple gates.

Kamakhya symbolises Shakti. Symbolic to this is a very special sindoor, available here, made from rock and is called Kamakhya sindoor, which is believed to be a blessing bestowed by the Kamakhya Devi herself, to the wearer.

Kamakhya Temple

Photo of Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

One stands and wonders about the stories of Parvati and Shiva . The love and bonding they had found in one another. Goddess Parvati being offended by her father for not respecting her husband and then sacrificing herself-sati. God shiva getting angry so much that he could destroy the whole world. God vishnu trying to pacify him, he cuts down the body of his beloved Parvati into pieces by his Sudarshana chakra. All the places where different parts of the Goddess Parvati/sati fell a temple was built. hence the temple Kamakhya where the most sacred part of the female body fell.

THE DANCING POSTURE.

Photo of Gateway of North East India. by MANISHI VERMA

INTRICATE CARVINGS

Photo of Gateway of North East India. by MANISHI VERMA

VARIETY OF PIGEONS

Photo of Gateway of North East India. by MANISHI VERMA

It is likely that this is an ancient Khasi people sacrificial site, and worshipping here still includes sacrifices. Devotees come here with goats to offer to Shakti. Shakti is the personification of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as "the great divine mother" in hinduism.

Photo of Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

PANDIT JI AND THE COMPLEX BEHIND.

Photo of Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam, India by MANISHI VERMA

My Darshan of the Kamakhya Goddess left an impression of a young goddess, 16 years old, with twelve arms and six heads of varying colors, representing a powerful goddess who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. She is ornately dressed, typically wearing a red sari, opulent jewelry and red flowers such as hibiscus.

She holds in each of ten hands a lotus, trident, sword, bell, discus, bow, arrows, club or scepter, goad, and shield. Her remaining two hands hold a bowl, which is made either of gold or a skull.

She is seated upon a lotus, directly on top of Lord Shiva, who in turn lies atop a lion.

To each side of her sit Brahma and Vishnu, who are each seated upon a lotus, as well.

Coming out of the temple,I felt overwhelmed with an energy I didn’t quite understand.

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