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Title: Il tempio di Kāmākhyā e il culto delle Dasa Mahāvidyā
Authors: Ramasso, Claudia
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: Kāmākhyā, located in the surroundings of Guwahati, in Assam, the ancient region of Prāgjyotiṣapura or Kāmarūpa, is the most important centre of pilgrimage among the śākta pīṭha. The mythological cycle of which the origin of Kāmākhyā, the place where the yoni of the goddess is worshipped, is that of the famous episode of the dismemberment of Satī told in the "Kālikā Purāṇa". Situated in an area with a conspicuous presence of ethnic tribal groups, the temple of Kāmākhyā even today shows the presence of different forms of cult by which the goddess is addressed. The "Kālikā Purāṇa" contains some important data with regard to the existence of archaic cultural practices at Kāmākhyā, which are linked to the myth of Narakāsura. Moreover, through an attentive study of the "Kālikā Purāṇa", the "Kāmākhyā Tantra" and the "Yoginī Tantra" it emerges clearly that, from an historical point of view, the śākta pīṭha is closely related to the vāmācāra prctice pertaining to Tantrism. In addition to this, the goddess venerated at Kāmākhyā is also linked to the Dasamahavīdyā, the ten goddesses who represent the complete expression of the manifestation of the universe.
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