Shiva’s different avatars have always inspired his own range of devotees in some way or the other. Hence, being the consort of Lord Shiva, the different attires of Parvati are subjected to deliver greatness about the avatars (as all the attires are formed only to rescue the good from the evil). Goddess Kamakshi doesn’t wear garlands of skulls. And yet, she is considered as a form of Goddess Kali (who holds blood pot in her hand – an indication of destroying the evil and rescuing the good). Guwahati’s Sati’s reproductive organs are considered as the Goddess Kamakhya – the original deity of Assam. While she has her own Rudra avatar, she is also known as Shantadurga or the Goddess of peace. Kamakshi Temple is just a smaller version of what you witness in Assam’s Kamakhya temple.
An Introduction to Kamakshi Temple’s Prominence
Dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, the Kamakshi temple has garnered enough prominence. Due to this, a second visit to the temple would help you make you difference to make out the number of devotees increased over the past few years. But if you’re a first time visitor, then be careful because you might find it challenging to get a darshan of the Goddess. A morning visit can save your time and effort!
Parvati’s incarnation as Goddess Kamakshi is the form of Shantadurga or safely known as Goddess of Peace. While the temple is impressive on the architectural front, there’s no neglecting the importance of the idol exclusively! This temple houses in the heart of Shiroda about 12 kms away from the Kavlem village in Ponda.
According to Kamakshi temple history, Raia was the name where the original temple of the deity was located in Salcete Taluka. This was destroyed during certain missionary activities. Soon after, the temple’s deity was smuggled to Shiroda where it is presently located. What’s in proximity are the other temples of Raia which are justified bby the images of linga and Lakshminarayan.
According to Kamakshi temple history, Shantadurga is an incarnation of the Goddess of peace, but she appears in violent state whenever everyone worships her for protection. This is an inclination of her Rudrani avatar only to destroy the evil. The form of Mahishasurmardini is worshipped in the temple.
Things to Know about the Temple’s Overall Setting
Kamakshi temple’s overall setting is congested despite the marvelous design of the main tower with roof resembling the Buddhist pagoda. The temple houses images of hooded serpent that projects from pagoda roof’s corners. A visit to the temple would also give you a glimpse of the kneeling elephant statuettes that are portrayed right at corners of the main tower. The pagoda roof’s center houses a rising golden finial.
Kamakshi temple’s vicinity comes with another smaller version of temple observed in almost allt he Goan temple of the Hindus. There’s a shrine solely dedicated to Shiva or Lord Rayeshwara. The place where this temple has been built holds an ancient name – Shivagram.
Within the Kamakshi temple, you are going to find shrines dedicated to Dattatreya and the monkey God, Lord Hanumana. Images of Betal and Kalbhairava are also there right on the right and left sides of the silver screen leading to the Goddess’s sanctuary.
Having faith on this God gives you immense power. And the mythological stories that this temple has had seem to be true. Maybe, that’s exactly why numerous devotees of this Goddess pay a visit to the temple only to worship Kamakshi Goddess.
If you’re one of them who wishes to pay a visit to the temple to worship Goddess Kamakshi, then book your tickets and visit the temple no sooner than later!