As the hotel we had booked was within 1 km from the railway station, we reached the hotel soon. Since not much time was left of the day, we decided to go to some place near the hotel in the evening. Asking at the travel desk, we were told that the Kamakhya Temple Assam was quite near and easily accessible. We had the cab arranged by the hotel to take us to the temple. We got refreshed and dressed up to visit the temple and set off from the hotel at 5.30 pm.
It took only about 15 minutes to reach the temple. The driver told us that the temple remained open from 5.30 am to 8 pm. The temple is built on top of Nilachal Hill and is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. It is the greatest attraction in Guwahati for the Hindus. After reaching the temple we removed and gave our shoes at the special counters that kept them, bought flowers and offerings for the deity and stood in the line that was formed. The line moved slowly and I saw that my kids were getting impatient standing in the line.
Since history always interests me, I had read a lot about the history of the various places in India. I love visiting historical places and I have a collection of history books at home. I had read about the legends of the temple and was eager to visit the temple if ever I visited Guwahati. It is believed that here the uterus or the ‘Yoni’ of Sati fell, and it is what is worshipped here. There were sculptures of Gods and Goddesses on the walls of the temple and showed them to my kids.
The image of the Goddess with other deities was kept on the throne. We had to go behind the throne and pass through a narrow semi-dark pathway to reach the sanctum sanctorum. Inside, a few steps took us to the pool, where we sat down and offered the puja with the help of pundits. Here we could see the symbolic organ that was worshipped by thousands of devotees from all over India. I closed my eyes and prayed for a few minutes and then came out. I felt blessed by mother Goddess and came back feeling fresh and rejuvenated.