DatesStart Date: 22-06-2024 End Date: 26-06-2024
This fair or the Mela brings together the people of the state and devotees from all around the country and the world. It is a grand gathering to celebrate and perform the age-old rituals and to remember their ancient traditions and local culture.
The Assamese word ‘Ambubachi’ is derived from the Sanskrit term ‘ambuvachi,’ which means the issuing forth of the water referring to the swelling of the Earth’s waters from the onset of the monsoon and hence the festival is also celebrated during monsoon season in India.
The Mela is held at the KAMAKHYA TEMPLE in Guwahati in the state of Assam.
The fair is celebrated during the monsoon season, mainly in the month of June. By means of the Hindu calendar.
This is one of the most important festivals celebrated in the KAMAKHYA temple and is the holy celebration of performing rituals by the ‘Tantrik’ means.
The festival or fair is one of its kind, in a country like India where menstruation is still considered as a taboo, and the girls have struggled a lot through the ages in this area. In this festival, the people and the priests or the Sadhus at the temple celebrate the time when the DEVI KAMAKHYA is going through her menses. As of this festival, the taboo related to the period is very less in Assam as compared to the other states in the country.
It is a FOUR DAY festival. The temple gates remain closed during the first three days, and it is believed that the devotees and the priests let the Goddess relax and let her go through her period peacefully.
The believers do not perform activities such as cooking, performing pooja, or farming or reading holy books.
After the third day, the doors of the temple are set to open for the devotees and the local tourists, DEVI KAMAHYA is bathed, and other rituals are also performed.
The divine ‘prasad’ is the main attraction of the festival, which is considered to have bits of red-colored cloth that brings in luck and charm which is also supposedly believed to be moist from the holy menstrual fluid.
The festival not only celebrated their Devi and its rituals or the onset of monsoon, but this divine festival also celebrated the attainment of womanhood and is also a great initiative to promote awareness on menstrual hygiene in the state.
The festival is a must-visit for the rituals, the religious events and also to be a part of the rare celebration of womanhood.