Ambubachi Festival 2014 - Dreamstime
Ambubachi Mela (Festival), the most important festival celebrated at Maa Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills in Guwahati, the capital city of India's northeastern state of Assam.
This yearly mela is celebrated during the monsoon season that happens to fall during the Assamese month Ahaar, around the middle of June, when the Brahmaputra river is in spate. It is the celebration of the yearly menstruation course of goddess Kamakhya. It is believed that the presiding goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya, the Mother Shakti, goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time stretch. It is also believed that during the monsoon rains the creative and nurturing power of the 'menses' of Mother Earth becomes accessible to devotees at this site during the mela. There is no idol of the presiding deity but she is worshiped in the form of a yoni-like stone instead over which a natural spring flows.
Every year lakhs of pilgrims, starting from Sadhus(Hindu holy men) to householders, from all over India, come to Guwahati to observe this festival. Even foreigners from abroad come to seek blessings of mother Kamakhya.
Photo credits: Buddha13.
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