India is an incredible country with unbelievable culture formed in the name of religion. A country, where women are still forbidden from visiting religious places; and if not, then strictly disallowed to enter while they are menstruating. However, the same country surprises when it come to Ma Kamakhya Temple.
Nestled atop the Nilachal Hill, West of Guwahati in Assam, Goddess Kamakhya Devi is believed to be ex-wife of Lord Shiva. It is said that she had committed suicide after not being able to bear her father’s insult when her husband refused to attend his great yagna. Lord Shiva who became furious on the incident performed the ‘dance of destruction’ for calming down who Lord Vishnu cut his wife’s body into 108 pieces, now known as shakti peeths. Kamakhya Devi in Assam is where her womb fell, and hence worshiped.
Well, that’s not all. A fertility festival is celebrated in the name of Goddess called Ambuwasi Puja believing Her to be going through her yearly menstrual cycle. For three days the temple remains shut and is opened on the auspicious day 4. River Brahmaputra is said to be flowing in red during this time with blood. Though it is true or contaminated with vermilion from the temple is yet to be known.
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Despite worshiping the goddess for menstruating and celebrating her fertility, India is still remains the country where talking about periods openly is considered taboo.
“Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy – the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.”