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The Kamakhya Temple located on a small hillock near Mankachar falls within the jurisdiction of the Ampati Sub-division. History tell us that the great Koch King, Naranarayana, who reigned over a vast kingdom stretching from Kochbihar on the west and Karotoya river on the east, was a swa-bhakta (9 devotees of Lord Shiva) and that he rebuilt the temple of Kamakhya of Nilachal Hill (Gauhati) in 1565, the progenitor of tantric faith. It is interesting to quote Dr. Hem Baruah’s book –‘Red River and Blue Hill’ in this connection. He writes- “the origin of Kamakhya Temple is pre-aryan i.e. distinctly tribal in its traits and ideals…………the temple of Kamakhya is found to be almost equidistant from the two hill ranges where the two matriarchal races the Khasis and the Garos live. This justifies the conclusion that Kamakhya is a Mother Goddess with matriarchal people”. Dr. B. Kakati also ascribed the origin of the name Kamakhya to some known Aryan Astro Asiatic Angel word like “Khmonch or Komouch”.
Some other people interpreted the name Kamakhya in Khasi language like “Ka-Ma-Kha” which means mother-in-law. DR. B. K. Kakati goes further to state that originally the priest engaged in this temple were Garos from neighboring hills who were, later on, replaced by the accredited brahmin priests. Much has been said and written about the Kamakhya Temple of Gauhati but this Kamakhya Temple of Mankachar is little known outside this district.