Goddess of longevity, marital bliss & menstruation.
An aspect of Parvati, or Goddess Adi Shakti.
Said to be very fiery and have a nasty temper.
Sati took human form at the bidding of the God Brahma. Sati was born as daughter of Daksha Prajapati and his wife Prasuti.
Daksha was considered the son of Brahma, a great King and magnate. as the daughter of Daksha, she is also known as Dakshayani.
Sati is first consort to Shiva, with Parvati second.
According to Indian legend, the Goddess Sati also known as Kamakhya - committed suicide because her Father insulted her husband Shiva. Shiva, insane with rage, picked up Sati's body placing it on his shoulders, as he performed the tandav or 'dance of destruction'. The God Vishnu, who did not want the cosmos to be destroyed by Shivas dancing, cut Sati's body into pieces and scattered them around the earth.
Everywhere a piece of her body fell, a shrine for the Goddess was built. Her vagina(yoni) and womb fell on the Kamakhya hill in Assam, which is now home to the Kamakhya temple. Goddess Sati is worshipped here in a natural cave (the womb), in the shape of a yoni -like rock with a spring.
The temple is said to be one of 108 shakti peeths.
Once a year, in June, the temple, situated in Guwahati, Assam, India - Remains closed for 3 days as the spring water turns red: The Goddess bleeds...
No one knows how or why this happens, always during the monsoon.
Some say the red colour, is due to iron oxidation. Whilst others say the Temple's Priests dye it with vermillion powder...
People use this time to celebrate the fertility of the earth and female life power. Devotees of Sati can receive ' prasads' which are pieces of cloth dipped into the Goddess' menstrual blood. Said to bring power and Good luck.
The God of love, Kamadeva had lost his virility due to a curse. He sought out Sati's womb and genitals and was freed from the curse. This is said to be where 'love' gained potency.
Some say the temple is where Shiva and Sati had their romantic liaisons...
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