Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

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Kamakhya Temple is considered one of the most sacred of the 51 Shakti Peethas--shrines of the Mother Goddess--in the world. On the banks of Brahmaputra River, the temple was originally erected in the 8th century, but much of its present appearance dates to the 17th century. A cruciform base topped with a hemispherical dome is the main feature of the temple's hybrid style. See the panels and niches with sculptured images of Hindu gods and goddesses, then descend the narrow stone staircase to get to the small and dark inner sanctum, where the Mother Goddess is worshiped in the shape of Yoni (womb). Apart from pilgrims and tourists, monkeys and mountain goats are regular visitors of this site. Put Kamakhya Temple into our Guwahati day trip planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Guwahati.
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  • Great visit. It was a spiritual experience. The temple environment is great and clean. Also visited the top of Nilachal hills which had a great bird's eye view of the city. Perfect escape from the dai...  more »
  • Must visit place if you visit guwahati. the queues are very long and it take 6-7 hours to visit inside the main temple. We were running short of time so we opted for VIP pass rs 500 each and were able...  more »
  • Heard and read a lot about the Kamakhya, one must try to visit Kamakhya. I would suggest to opt for the line by purchasing the tickets of Rs 501.00 as I made the mistake of standing at the general Que...  more »
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  • Very old and spiritually significant place. At the heart of Guwahati, top of the hill. Nice place to visit. Very congested and huge queue. So better reach early if you are planning to see the goddess inside the temple. There are other small temples surrounding it. Go with family. Both private ride(cab, taxi) and govt bus services are available.
  • Place of worship.. nothing to say about it..Its all about faith. Cleanliness is a bit of a concern but i guess with increasing awareness about garbage disposal and maintaining cleanliness it will improve very soon.
  • 1.The main temple is just beautiful and clean along with rest of the 10 other temples spread in the mountain. 2.The best thing is, you will hardly find those notorious Pandas here so no need to worry. Get your pooja materials from the stalls on the way and do the rest of the stuff yourself no mediator needed here. 3. The no of visiting devotees may increase by evening so afternoon would be a good choice.
  • Queue for darshan will be huge, so try to reach the place early morning. Neatly maintained. Still have to improve on the park and museum.
  • Very old temple. Has a wonderful vibe to it. A visit to guwahati is incomplete without a visit to this temple.. It's atop a hill. Quite possible to walk in out but taxi might drop you as well. Locals claim that the temple shuts at 4 pm. But I reached by 9 pm and was still able to enter the temple.. The gate just before kamakhya goddess idol was locked. So if touching your forehead to the idols feet is not your agenda, feel free to visit any time convenient to you. The priests were a disappointment, always pointing to the donation plates and boxes when you bow down to the idols. But ignoring them conveniently, the overall experience at the temple was pleasant.

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