The Kamakhya Temple is one of the holiest shrines of Assam and venerated as a Shakti Peeths (seat of the female divine) in India. The existing temple complex was constructed in 1565 on the Neelachal hills in Guwahati. It is a big attraction for pilgrims from across the country.
The name Kamakhya means ‘Goddess of desire”. She is believed to fulfill the desires of her devotees and help them gain salvation. Devotees worship her mainly by lighting earthen lamps and offering red cloth, sindoor (red vermillion), and flowers. Red is a colour associated with Shaktism. Hence the Deity adorns red clothes, as do her priests.