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The site, near Guwahati/Gauhati in Assam, of the most significant Tantric Śākta complex in India. Considered the original śaktipīṭha, Satī's dismembered yoni, represented by a spring-moistened cleft in the rock of Kāmagiri hill, is worshipped there in the form of the goddess Kāmākhyā, from whom the place takes its name. (The goddess is also identified with the Mahāvidyā Ṣodaśī.) The current temple was built in the mid 16th century. As reported in texts such as the Kālikā Purāṇa, ritual at Kāmākhyā is said to have included voluntary human sacrifice. After 1832 this was replaced by animal (goat) sacrifice.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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