Kamakhya-temple

Kamakhya temple

The deity of the temple, Kamakhya Devi is revered as the ‘Bleeding Goddess’. It is believed that the ‘Garvagriha‘or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the mythical womb and vagina of the Hindu goddess Shakti. Curiously enough, every year during the month of Ashaad (June), the Brahmaputra River near Kamakhya turns red. It is believed that the goddess ‘menstruates’ during this period. Considering this to be a woman’s power to give birth, the deity and temple of Kamakhya is a celebration of this ‘shakti’ within every woman.  In a country that continues its archaic attitude towards menstruation as unholy and gruesome, it is important for each one of us to know the progressive approach that the Kamakhya temple displays—of celebrating womanhood. While there is no image of Shakti in the temple complex, it is Yoni or the female genitalia of the goddess located in the corner of the cave in the temple that is the object of reverence.