Keen Karmic Connections at Kamakhya Devi #BlogchatterA2Z

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At Kamakhya Devi Temple in Assam. March 2019

This post is written for the theme “26 Places, 26 Memories” for the #AtoZChallenge.


This 8th century temple, dedicated to goddess Kamakhya, is located in Guwahati, the capital city of Assam in India. Legend has it that when Sati (wife of Lord Shiva) died, her body parts fell at various places across India; and her yoni or genitals fell here. It’s thus an important site for tantric worship with animal sacrifices being a regular ritual. The special sindoor (red powder) made here is said to bestow bountiful blessings on the wearer. There is a firm belief that if you pray to Kamakhya Devi earnestly, your wishes will come true.


My parents visited Kamakhya Devi temple in 2012, while on holiday in Assam. After hearing interesting things from them about the place, I wanted to visit too. Hence, I convinced them to return with me in November 2014.

The temple is quite an intense cultural experience. If you’re sensitive to energies, as I feel I am, you can often classify places on their basis. For example, most people feel a strong sense of calm pervade them at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Similarly, the Kamakhya Devi temple emanates a fierce power of femininity. It is the kind of power that allows a woman to carry and birth children, withstand the harsh realities of a patriarchal world, manage a million tasks without complaining, and be solid as a rock yet malleable as gold. It’s the kind of strength only a woman can possess.

On my first visit, we did the rounds, thanking the goddess for our blessings. At this point, I’d been married a little over a year, and family planning wasn’t uppermost in my mind. It’s said that most married women pray for conception at this temple. While I didn’t specifically pray for that, the thought may have been lurking in my mind, influenced by everything I’d heard. I conceived six months later. I’m not saying that I conceived because I’d prayed to her; it may simply have been the right time. However, I recently returned to the temple and thanked her.

We visited Assam in March 2019, to celebrate my animal-obsessed son’s third birthday at Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary. Hence, I was able to re-visit Kamakhya Devi as well. Despite being a devout Sikh, I’m happy to visit all places of worship. In fact, religious equality is essential to my belief. I don’t endorse animal sacrifices and don’t feel drawn to the occult. However, I feel a keen karmic connection with Kamakhya Devi- one woman to another 😉

Come back tomorrow for the letter L and another story!


Female power- my mother, mother-in-law and I at Kamakhya Devi Temple in March 2019


The men came too!

K for Kamakhya Devi

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A for AmritsarB for BhopalC for CambodiaD for Delhi,  E for England, F for France, G for Gwalior, H for Hemkund Sahib, I for Italy, J for Jim Corbett National Park


  1. Heard a lot about Kamakhya Devi Temple but could not go. I like to explore new places, Will definitely visit on my trip to North East.

  2. Visiting the Kamakhya Devi Temple is on my wishlist. I have heard do many stories about the poeerfpo energies you feel there. Hope your son had a lovely birthday at Kaziranga.

  3. I also believe in energies which are flowing everywhere in various forms and Temples are the best place to gain positive energies.Your mom is law is so so beautiful.Lovely pictures.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and appreciating them 🙂
      My son loved Kaziranga and keeps wanting to go back!
      Kamakhya Devi is also a fantastic cultural experience!

  4. In her Kamakhya appearance, mother wants blood. That is why animal sacrifice is done. Devotees offer an animal to mother, pigeon, goat or buffalo, once their prayer is fulfilled. They come back and sacrifice is done and blood is offered to mother. Those who are sensitive can feel the energy, Rest of us visit out of fear, else mother will be upset. No one wants to make mother angry that drinks blood.

  5. In her Kamakhya appearance, mother wants blood. That is why animal sacrifice is done. Devotees offer an animal to mother, pigeon, goat or buffalo, once their prayer is fulfilled. They come back and sacrifice is done and blood is offered to mother. Those who are sensitive can feel the energy, Rest of us visit out of fear, else mother will be upset. No one wants to make mother angry that drinks blood.

  6. We had planned for a day stay at Guwahati when we planned the Shillong – Cherrapunji visit but had to change plans for staying an extra day near Dawki. Kamakhya mandir is one of the few places that celebrates the power of a woman through her physiological characteristics.

  7. I haven’t been to Assam yet and when I do Kamakhya Devi temple is on my wishlist. I have two children, so on that front I’m set. 😀 I’m curious to feel the energy of that place. Like you said, one strong woman to another, would be quite an experience!

  8. I am glad to read your secular views dear, sometimes we do feel a strong connection with a place and feel like it is responsible for our good.

  9. Interesting place. I have never heard of it. I am also Sikh but I am happy in any place of worship…Ek Onkar, right ?? 🙂 My grandson loves animals and we are going to an Elephant camp in Phuket, end of the month.

  10. I have heard a lot but never got an opportunity to visit this place. I have been to kaali baari temple in kolkata and have felt the similar fierce energy though.

  11. I really believe in Maa and reading on the auspicious occasion of Navratri feeling very positive. I completely agree each place of worship brings in a different feeling inside us.

  12. I was unaware of this part of Sati’s life story. Would like to visit the Kamakhya Devi temple in future. I like to visit all places of worhsip too. 😊

  13. I have heard a lot about Kamakhya devi temple and your blog was gave me so much additional insights about this beautiful place. Thank you for sharing this amazing bit. Would surely try to visit here once 🙌

  14. I have never heard of this temple before. Looks like a beautiful temple. I Would love to visit there sometime

  15. I have always felt drawn to any energy source related to Shiva and Shakti… Have heard sooo much about devi kamakhya! Have always wanted to visit the temple… Reading this post rekindled the desire to visit her!

  16. I think I visited this place when I was a child, fairly little to be honest so I don’t remember much. But these stills look so familiar. Lovely article!

  17. Heard so much about kamakhya temple. Wish to visit there in Amba bichi time. It is really a amazing place to explore

  18. North East of India is a wonder in itself. So unique and there is so much to see n do. Loved this post too and this temple seems to be absolutely calming. Wanting to go here…

  19. I have never been to Assam. Having said that these north eastern states are on my bucket list. thanks for igniting the curiosity and sharing info about this temple.

  20. Kamakhya Devi temple famous religious place in India. I heard about the temple. you have beautiful define about the temple.

  21. This is one of the Shakti Peeth, and a must visit pilgrimage for Maa Shakti’s followers. I would love to visit it once for sure. The history of this place is breathtaking, I sometimes wonder if all those mythological stories are really true?

  22. Okay wow… i just came across this series today but will definitely check out the others. this is such a cool theme for the a2z challenge

  23. Next time you come to Assam, drop me a message. I live in Guwahati and Kamkhya temple is one of my favourite place to go. By the way, it is not outside Guwahati, it is in Guwahati.

    Next time, bring your son to Manas National Park in Assam. My husband is a wildlife biologist and all the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are like second home for us.

    1. Oh I didn’t know that!
      Yes we were going to visit Manas National Park because of the elephant conservatory but couldn’t go last minute. Next time for sure 🙂

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