Assam - The Meeting Ground of Diverse Cultures

Assam – the enchanting sangrila in the North East of India, is a mixing pot where culture, heritage, tradition, lifestyle, faith and belief of her Aryan & Non-Aryan, numerous tribes & sub-tribes, Mongoloids & Australoids, drawn from various hives at different points of time have gone into form the Assamese culture - a fascinating and exotic recipe of delightful flavour.

The culture of Assam is a rich tapestry infused with multicolored yarns of distinguished heritage of all the races that populate her.

 

The Land of Deep Mystic and Tantric Culture

 

Assam is known for its rich cultural heritage and also for its culture of deep mystic tantric rites and rituals. Assam traditionally has been known as the Kamarupa Desa and has been associated with Tantric practices and Shakti worship. There are many ancient and venerated shakti shrines at many places in Assam, the most famous being the Kamakhya Temple.

Kamakhya Temple is regarded as one of the Shakti Peethams associated with the legend of Shiva and Daksha Yagna.

It is located on a hill - Neelachala Parvat or Kamagiri near the city of Guwahati. Shakti, residing on the Kamagiri hill is known as Kamakhya, the granter of desires.

This temple was destroyed in early 16th century, and then rebuilt in the 17th century by King Nara Narayana, of Cooch Bihar.

Images of the builder and related inscriptions are seen in the temple. The Kalika Purana, an ancient work in Sanskrit describes Kamakhya as the yielder of all desires, the young bride of Shiva, and the giver of salvation.