Monday, 17 April 2006

Guwahati - Temple City

As promised in my last post, I will now focus a little bit on a couple of interesting temples in Guwahati.

This is Khamakya, the religiously most significant temple in Guwahati. This temple, situated on a hill a bit outside town, is dedicated to Shiva's blood thirsty wife and incarnation Kali - same as the temple I visited in Calcutta. As with the Kalighat in Calcutta animals are also sacrificed ritually here. On this picture you can see a sheep being led by a devotee to the sacrificial pavillion, in front of the temple's main dome in typical assamese beehive style.

Here, the gory sight of the sacrificial pavillion. Statues and hungry birds watch the action.

A more serene part of religious life at Khamakya. Clusters of bells being eagerly used by the many devotees visiting the temple.

Here is the main dome of another hillside temple, known as the temple of the Planets. It used to double as an astronomical observatory and inside are 9 lit up pillars symbolising the then 6 known planets andother heavenly bodies.

Inside the very atmospherical temple, you can here see some devotees performing religious rituals by one of the 9 pillars.

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