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Temples & Legends of Assam
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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
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TEMPLES IN KAMRUP DISTRICT

In this gross form of worship was also included the offering of blood to the Devi. The Kalika Purana contains a very lengthy list of sacrificial animals to Candika and Bhairava. It included "birds, rhinoceros, antelopes, alligators, fish, tortoises, ichneumons, wild boars, iguanas, reindeer, lions, tigers. "9 A man without a blemish, it is stated, is the most acceptable sacrifice that can be offered, and the manner in which the victims are to be dealt with is laid down with full details.

Instances are on record to show how offerings were made to the Goddess in the form of blood drawn from sacrificer’s own body. The Katha-Guru Carita gives an account of a Koc official named Govinda who worshipped the Devi at the cost everyone of his belongings. He then used to t e out his blood with a small clipper and offer it to he Devi in shells of snails, as a result of which his body turned as white as cotton."10. This was also accompanied by wine drinking and divination by ripping open the entrails of a pregnant woman.

The Moslem chroniclers observed that "who ever happens to step into the land becomes enchanted and cannot find his way to come out of it. The idol temple of Kamakhya. Lunachumari and Ismail Jogi are notorious for magic and sorcery.


9. Mother Goddess Kamakhya, p. 69.

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