Kolkata: Devotees continue to arrive at Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. The annual four day fair will conclude on 26 June. A record footfall of 30 lakh pilgrims is expected to attend the fair this year, as the hill state already geared up for one of its biggest festivals.
This famous temple in Assam is set atop Nilanchal Hill and is considered as one of the prime seats for tantric rituals. According to Indian mythology, The Ambubachi Mela is an annual mela held at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam, that celebrates the menstruation course of Goddess Kamakhya. There is no idol in the temple, the goddess is worshipped in the form of a yoni-like stone over which a natural spring flows.
The temple remains shut during those three days and once it reopens devotees visit the temple to receive the goddess’ blessings. In 2018, it begins on June 22 and ends on June 26.
It is heard that, Sati, Lord Shiva’s wife, jumped into the fire after her father insulted her husband. Carrying her corpse, Shiva performed Tandav Nritya. The place where the parts of her body fell were formed in ‘Shakti Peeths’. Kamakhya Temple was formed where the goddess’ womb and genitals fell.
After three days, the Goddess is bathed and other rituals are performed. On the fourth day, the doors of the temple are reopened and Prasad is distributed. The temple turns red during those four days. The colour red holds special importance during the festival with everything red from flowers to cloth.
The last day, June 26, will see distribution of prasada to the devotees; it includes cloth pieces soaked in what is believed to be menses of the Goddess. It is much revered and is known as rakht bastra.