Kamakhya temple comes alive with Deodhani festival

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Guwahati, Aug 28 (ANI): Situated atop Nilachal hills, the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya, a consort of Lord Shiva. The temple is considered to be the principle seat of the Hindu cult of Shakti. The temple comes alive with the celebration of Deodhani festival, which forms the core of rituals related to worship of Ma Manasa (Serpentine Goddess). The temple was filled with the sound of drum beats and chanting of hymns by priests, dressed in his festive attire to celebrate the Deodhani festival. Men get possessed by some spirit, the Deodhads (temple dancers) and dress themselves like their respective deities, wear garlands similar to those of the deities and pay obeisance to the respective shrines while temple priests guide and help them in carrying out all these rituals. Devotees who are the firm believer of this festival believe that one taking part in this festival gets supernatural power from Goddess Kamakhya. It is believed that all who participate in the festival are rewarded special powers from the goddess.

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