Thursday, May 7, 2015

Goddess Kamakha

Goddess Kamakha is a Hindu Tantric goddess who is identified with Kali and Maha Tripura Sundari. The Kalika Purana,  describes Kamakhya as the fulfiller of all desires, the young bride of Shiva, and the giver of salvation.
There are 51 parts of Sati's body scattered across the Indian subcontinent. These places are called shakti peethas and are worshipped as Shakti or Divine Mother. Kamarupa ("form of desire") is the area in which the yoni ("vulva," "womb," or "source") is believed to have fallen and the Kamakhya temple has been constructed on this spot.
Kamakhya is mentioned in the Kalika puran   and is referred to as Mahamaya, the "great goddess of illusion", who assumes many forms depending on her mood. Kamakhya is associated with the Dasa Mahavidya, who each have temples dedicated to them at the Kamakhya temple complex in Assam. She is also closely linked with Durga.

Kamakhya is pictured as a young goddess, 16 years old, with twelve arms and six heads of varying colors, representing a powerful goddess who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. She is ornately dressed, typically wearing a red sari, opulent jewelry and red flowers such.She holds in each of ten hands a lotus, trident, sword, bell, discus, bow, arrows, club or scepter, goad, and shield. Her remaining two hands hold a bowl, which is made either of gold or a skull.She is seated upon a lotus, which emerges from the navel of Lord Shiva, who in turn lies atop a lion.To each side of her sit Brahma and Vishnu, who are each seated upon a lotus, as well.

Prof. Rupinder Kaur