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Devotees Throng Assam's Kamakhya Temple for Kumari Puja

India | News18 | October 3, 2019, 6:29 pm
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 Worshippers throng the famed Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati to offer kumari puja during the ongoing Navaratri. Celebrating the sanctity of the “girl child”, young girls were worshipped as part of Navratri rituals. (Image: News18 Assam)

Worshippers throng the famed Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati to offer kumari puja during the ongoing Navaratri. Celebrating the sanctity of the “girl child”, young girls were worshipped as part of Navratri rituals. (Image: News18 Assam)

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 The revered shrine of Kamakhya at Guwahati worships girl children with the goddess of shakti on the auspicious occasion of Navaratri and Durga puja. (Image: News18 Assam)

The revered shrine of Kamakhya at Guwahati worships girl children with the goddess of shakti on the auspicious occasion of Navaratri and Durga puja. (Image: News18 Assam)

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 Devotees and ardent who thronged the temple atop the Neelachal Hills since early morning offered obeisance to young girls dressed as the goddess. (Image: News18 Assam)

Devotees and ardent who thronged the temple atop the Neelachal Hills since early morning offered obeisance to young girls dressed as the goddess. (Image: News18 Assam)

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 The worship of young girls referred as the Kumari Puja ends on the Nabami in which nine Kumari’s believed to be the form of the goddess and is worshipped. (Image: News18 Assam)

The worship of young girls referred as the Kumari Puja ends on the Nabami in which nine Kumari’s believed to be the form of the goddess and is worshipped. (Image: News18 Assam)

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 It is believed that worship of Kumari is purely Tantric in origin; whatsoever it does highlight the true essence of India which somehow has been lost in the midst of intolerance and ignorance. (Image: News18 Assam)

It is believed that worship of Kumari is purely Tantric in origin; whatsoever it does highlight the true essence of India which somehow has been lost in the midst of intolerance and ignorance. (Image: News18 Assam)

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 The famed Kamakhya Temple, a major seat of Shakti worship, observes the annual Durga Puja rituals for a fortnight unlike the rest of the country where it is celebrated for nine days and much of the rituals are held behind closed doors. (Image: News18 Assam)

The famed Kamakhya Temple, a major seat of Shakti worship, observes the annual Durga Puja rituals for a fortnight unlike the rest of the country where it is celebrated for nine days and much of the rituals are held behind closed doors. (Image: News18 Assam)

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 The celebration of Durga Puja at Kamakhya Temple, nestled atop the Nilachal Hills, is believed to date back to antiquity. It begins on the ninth day of the waning of the moon or 'Krsna Navami' and ends on the ninth day of the waxing of the moon or 'Sukla Navami' of the Hindu month of 'Asvina' (from mid-September to mid-October). (Image: News18 Assam)

The celebration of Durga Puja at Kamakhya Temple, nestled atop the Nilachal Hills, is believed to date back to antiquity. It begins on the ninth day of the waning of the moon or 'Krsna Navami' and ends on the ninth day of the waxing of the moon or 'Sukla Navami' of the Hindu month of 'Asvina' (from mid-September to mid-October). (Image: News18 Assam)

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 The Puja extends over a fortnight or 'paksa' and is locally called the said. 'Pakhuvapuja' The most remarkable aspect of the Puja is that there is no image of Goddess Durga but the rituals are performed in the main 'pitha' or the sanctum/Sanctorum which is a conical shaped natural fissure about nine inches in length and 15 inches in width. Special pujas are held each day during the fortnight with the doors of the temple closed to devotees during rituals performed by a team of priests selected for the occasion. The rituals in the temple during the fortnight are observed daily in three phases — the 'pratah puja' or the morning rituals, 'madhyahna puja' or mid-day puja and 'sahinna puja' or the evening puja. (Image: News18 Assam)

The Puja extends over a fortnight or 'paksa' and is locally called the said. 'Pakhuvapuja' The most remarkable aspect of the Puja is that there is no image of Goddess Durga but the rituals are performed in the main 'pitha' or the sanctum/Sanctorum which is a conical shaped natural fissure about nine inches in length and 15 inches in width. Special pujas are held each day during the fortnight with the doors of the temple closed to devotees during rituals performed by a team of priests selected for the occasion. The rituals in the temple during the fortnight are observed daily in three phases — the 'pratah puja' or the morning rituals, 'madhyahna puja' or mid-day puja and 'sahinna puja' or the evening puja. (Image: News18 Assam)

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