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Temples & Legends of Assam
Index Of Assam Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author's Introduction
Introduction Kamakhya
Asvakranta Vasisthasrama
Umananda Ugra Tara
Sukresvara  The Navagraha
Hajo Dah Parbatiya
Sib Sagar Tamresvari
Sri Surya Ruins The Hatimura Temple
The Satras-I The Satras-II
The Satras-III The Barpeta Satra
Majuli Satra Glossary
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

TEMPLES IN KAMRUP DISTRICT

There are also legends associating Siva and Naraka with the construction of the temple on the place where the genital organ of Sati fell. According to Puranic legends, Kama, the Indian Cupid, was sent by the gods to put an end to Siva’s mourning after the death of his consort, Sati, and to awaken in him again the passion of creation. At this Siva grew furious and Kama was burnt to ashes by the angry glance of the great god. Rati, the wife of Kama, prayed to Siva that her husband be brought back to life. On his being pacified, Siva brought Kama back to life shorn of all his original grace and beauty. Siva, however, agreed to restore him to his former self if they erected a temple on the genital part of Sati. This being done, Kama was restored to his original state. So according to this legend the original temple was constructed by the gods themselves with the help of Visvakarma.

For the construction of the tank on the Nilachala and the stone pathway, we have to turn to the Naraka legend. According to Harivamsa and Kalika Purana, Naraka was born to Bhumi (Mother Earth) by Visnu and the child was deposited on the sacrificial ground of King Janaka, its head being placed on the skull of a dead man. Janaka brought up the child in his court along with the royal princes till he was sixteen years old. Mother Earth impersonated herself as a nurse named Katyayini and looked to the child’s upbringing. Naraka excelled the royal princes in the arts of war and peace, and this frightened Janaka. He had a misapprehension that this child would one day wrest his kingdom from his sons and usurps the throne.

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