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The goddess Kamakshi is a form of Tripura Sundari or Parvati or the universal mother goddess. The main abode of Kamakshi is the Kamakshi Amman temple at Kanchipuram. Other important forms of goddess Tripura Sundari are Meenakshi. The main temples of Kamakshi Devi in Goa are the Kamakshi Rayeshwar temple at Shiroda.
Goddess Kamakshi is considered to be the representation of Shri Vidya - Shri Lalita Maha Tripurasundari - she reigns supreme in Kanchi. The image of the goddess has been carved out of a Salagrama shila and the Meru in the temple is also made of Salagrama, believed to be consecrated by sage Durvasa, one of the renowned Shrividya upasakas. Kanchi is one of the most powerful pithas of the Devi. Many literary and musical compositions have been about this great Devi.
Shri Kamakshi and Tripura Sundari
While to many westerners it might seem that Kamakshi must be different from Tripura Sundari as they appear to have different names. However in the Hindu pantheon, the "names" of the deities are more descriptions than names. Tripura Sundari, like many of the forms of the supreme, has 1000 names assigned to her and these can be found in the Lalita sahasranama text. One of the names in this text is "Kamakshi" which means "She whose eyes awaken desire, or She who has beautiful eyes".
Shri Kamakshi Temple, Goa
Shri Kamakshi temple located at Shiroda was built in the late 16th century built . The other shrines in the temple complex are that of Shree Shantadurga, Shree Laxmi Narayana and Shree Rayeshwar. Boarding and Lodging for the pilgrims are provided by the temple authorities. The temple has recently banned entry of foreigners into the temple citing objectionable dressing and conduct as the reason.
This temple was originally located at Raia in Salcette and was moved to its present location in 1564-1568,because as a part of Goa Inquisition the Portuguese demolished almost all the Hindu shrines..The antiquity of the original temple is unknown. The new temple is located at Shiroda. There are other temples for Kamakshi in Goa is the one at Ramnathi.
Shri Kamakshi Temple, Jonnawada
This temple is located on the banks of Pennar river at Jonnawada, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It has a unique mythological background. The Goddess Kamakshi was incarnated from Goddess parvathi and Goddess Saraswathi. This temple was built in 1150 AD. Brahmotsavam(Grand carnival) is celebrated every year around early June.
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