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Kamakhya Devi – About Hindu Goddess Kamakhya

Goddess Kamakhya is one of the most powerful manifestations of Goddess Shakti. She is the great Mother Goddess who fulfils the desires of her devotees. Kamakhya Devi is closely identified with the Dasa Mahavidyas. The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya is located in Assam. Here she is worshipped as a natural crevice in a rock that symbolizes the ‘Yoni’ (female genitalia or vagina). Kamakhya Temple is one among the 51 Hindu Shakti peethas.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva was carrying the body of his dead wife Sati around the world. There seemed to be no end to Shiva’s anger and grief. This led to an imbalance in the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu decided to decimate the body of Sati with his Sudarshana Chakra. He cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. It is believed that ‘Yoni’ of Sati fell at the spot where the present Kamakhya Temple stands. Therefore the popular belief is that she can be worshipped in any form as she is present in all forms.

Goddess Kamakhya is associated with Goddess Kali and Mahatripurasundari and Shodashi among the Dasa Mahavidyas.

The Goddess is worshipped as the source of all creation. She creates and transforms and finally takes back all that exists.

Goddess Kamakhya Mantra

The Mantra dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya is -
Kamakhyam kamasampanam kamesvarim harapriyam|
Kamanam dehi me nityam kamesvari namostute||
Kamakhye varade devi nila parvata vasini|
Tvam devi jagatam mata yonimudre namostute||

Information About Goddess Kamakhya Devi In Scriptures

Information about Goddess Kamakhya Devi is found in these following scriptures. Yogini Tantra, Kubjika Tantra, Kularnava Tantra, Brahan Nilatantra, Rudrayamala Tantra, Jnanaava Tantra, Tantra Chudamani, Brahmanda’s Saktanandatarangini, Hevajra Tantra, sadhanamala, Mahapithanirupana the Sivacharita, Kalika Purana, Matsyapurana, Devi Bhagavata and the Mahabharata.

Devi Kamakhya in the Yoni symbol was an important centre of Tantric culture. Yogini Tantra clearly mentions that the murti of Devi Kamakhya appeared on its own and was first worshipped by the forest people of the region.