Kamakhya temple – The Ancient Temple of Goddess Sati
Perched at the top of the Nilachal Hill, the temple is located in the western region of Guwahati. The moment we reached the temple, we understand that we have to wait for long for a glimpse of the principal deity. There was an unending queue, and the temple was crowded but clean. I was indeed thankful to our tour agency that has informed us beforehand about this. Therefore, we manage to reach the temple premises at 6 am sharp. Unfortunately, many people were in the queue since morning. There were three separate queues – one general i.e. without any charge for darshan, a 100 INR and a 500 INR per person queue. We preferred the 100 INR per person queue. After waiting for an hour, we finally entered into the Garbha Griha, the inside chamber of the temple.
It is a legend that the Yoni of Mata Sati has fallen at this place. The chamber was dark and was below the ground level. There was a hollow that remains filled up with water from some perennial spring. This hollow is worshipped as Goddess Kamakhya in Assam. We offered red clothes and sindoor or vermilion that we purchased from outside to Ma, and then, gave way to other devotees. There were some other temples on the hill too. We decided to offer our prayers to all one by one. What we liked most about the temple is the aura that calms the souls of the devotees. The 6th-century temple, however, shot into prominence only in the 10th century.
How to reach Kamakhya temple:
You can also reach the temple straight from Guwahati railway station or the Guwahati Airport, as there are plenty of cab/taxi facilities from both the places. The distance of Kamakhya temple from Guwahati railway station is 8 km.
You can hire a taxi, auto-rickshaw or Uber/Ola cab from your hotel at Guwahati to reach Kamkhya temple. Alternatively, you can also walk up stair or take the curvy road to reach Kamakhya temple.
Charming Dipor Bil
After visiting Kamakhya temple we decided to see bird paradise Dipor bil (Deepor beel(DPBS)) which is just 15km away from Guwahati city. It is actually a perfect retreat for bird watchers. One must say that the scenic beauty of this lake was breathtakingly beautiful. There was a freshwater lake inside the Dipor Bil, which makes the place, even more, inviting for migratory birds from far away places. The notable bird species found in this location are Kingfishers, Whistling Teal, Open Billed Stork, Shoveler Ducks, Fishing eagles, Greater Adjutant Stork etc. Govt of Assam constructed a watch tower for bird watching here.
It was really a good relaxing place for those who love nature. We are extremely happy to visit this wetland and also enjoyed a lot in spotting the known birds.
Best time to visit Deepor Beel:
It is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit this lake is during winter the period of October to March.