Tuesday 14 July 2015

Kamakhya Temple | History, Bordeuri, Doloi

Why in news?
The Supreme Court last week restored the administration of Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple to the Bordeuri Samaj, families of priests who had run the temple since time immemorial until 1998 — when the Kamakhya Debuttar Board was formed. 
Source: Wikipedia

About the temple:

  • The Kamakhya Devalaya, one of the most significant of the 51 Shakti peeths in the subcontinent, is the most important of the 10 temples — Dasa Mahavidya — that stand atop the Nilachal Hills overlooking the Brahmaputra. 
  • The main temple is a cave of indeterminate age, with rock steps leading down to the garbhagriha. 
  • According to Kalika Purana, the site marks the spot where the yoni of the Goddess fell as her body was being carried around by Shiva, and the hill turned blue. 
  • The deity is represented by a representation of the yoni.
  • Ironically, however, the temple to the Mother Goddess, who even has an “annual menstrual cycle” marked by the Ambubachi Mela, has no place for women. 
  • While women priests at Kamakhya is still a distant dream, the Supreme Court has also turned down — “with a heavy heart” — a plea by a group of citizens to grant voting rights to women belonging to the priests’ families while electing the Bordeuri and dolois (the priests). 
[Ref: Indian Express, Wikipedia]


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