noteworthy that of these seven pithas, no less than three are in Kamarupa. The Yogini
Tantra says that different pithas were considered especially sacred in different Yugas and
Kamarupa burst in to prominence in the Kali Age:
devesi pradurbhavah kritayuge
Purnasailasya Sambhutistretayuga mukhebhavat
Dvapare Jalasailasya Kainakhya sa Kalau Yuge
Ghorasya Kalipapasya Vinsaya mahesvari.
The fact that the Puranas and the Tantras have given much prominence
to Kamarupa pitha alone suggests that Kamarupa became unrivalled centre of Tantric worship
by absorbing the popularity of their Yoni-tirthas of ancient India at a fairly early
By the time of the compilation of these texts pilgrimage had grown
all over the province from Karatoya to Brahmakunda. These sacred places are very
ingenuously described by the author of the Kalika Purana in alluding to the visit of
Betala and Bhairava in Kamarupa. Every river, spring or hill was considered to be holy and
seat of gods and goddesses.
15. D. C. Sircar, The Saktapithas, Journal of the
Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, Letters, Volume XIV, No. 1, 1948, P. 15.