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Kamakhya




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Hindu Books > Temples And Legends of India > Temples And Legends Of Assam > Kamakhya

General View Of Kamakhya, Asvakranta and umananda Temples Page26

In Assam, the Hindus worship it under the iconographical form of Manasa or Visahari, remover of poison. In this form she is represented as a hand some female of golden colour with a snake as her vahana, as well as a hood of kings of serpents over her head and body clothed in snakes. However, in that festival offerings are made to her without any image being made. The festival lasts for two or three days in which songs connected with Chand Sadagar are recited.During this festival dances are arranged at the shrine of Kamakhya. The dancer is called ‘Deodha’.

The dancers live a regulated life without taking non-vegetarian food and in constant meditation of their ista devatas. It is believed that they see the goddess in their dreams a month prior to the festival. While they are dancing, they are not conscious of, their surroundings and perform certain acts of chivalry like ’walking on the sharp edge of a sword without any injury to their person. Their predictions are regarded trustworthy. As mentioned before, Manasa is also worshipped during times of pestilence and disease. She is then invoked as the goddess Marai. Buffaloes, goats, pegions are sacrificed before her. During her worship the songs are sung with proper musical instruments and dancing movements.The temple of the goddess Kamakhya occupies a unique place in the religious life of the people.

The Devi is worshipped both according to the right hand and the left-hand methods. There are no restrictions to foreigners about the mode of worship ping the Devi and they may worship her according to their native rites and ceremonies. Animals, except the female ones, are slaughtered at the altars of the temple even at present. The temple derives much of its income from its own landed property. A portion of the income is also derived from the contributions of the devotees, although no official figure is available. The expenses connected with festivals and the general expenses as well are met from out of the temple funds.







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