Ambubachi Mela as well as Ambubachi Festival is celebrated on the occasion of annual menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya or Mother Earth. Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ambubasi Mela among the people of Assam (India).
It is celebrated in the month of June for four days. It is considered widely as the festival of Fertility among the people of Assam and North East India including West Bengal and Odissa. During this period the doors of Kamakhya Temple as well as all other temples in Assam and a lot of places in North East India are remain closed. All kinds of worships and other religious activities are stopped during this period. Farmers do not plough their lands. Even Reading of holy texts are strictly prohibited.
Worldwide Pilgrims, Saints, Tantriks and Aghoris visit Kamakhya Temples at this time. Approximately 1,00,000 to 3,00,000 devotees visit Kamakhya Temple on the occasion of Ambubachi Mela every year. Tantriks around the world visit Kamakhya Temple in this period to acquire extra supernatural power.
When Ambubachi Mela is Celebrated:
Ambubachi Mela is celebrated usually on 22nd June and ends on 26th June every year.
Where Ambubachi Mela is Celebrated:
Ambubachi Mela is celebrated at Kamakhya Temple, one of the famous 51 shakti peethas of Hinduism situated on the top of Nilachal Hill in Guwahati city.
What kinds of processes can be seen in this festival:
- You can enjoy “Bhandara” (free meal) and Chhabil (free drinking water and Sharbat etc.)
- You can purchase various products that are used in Hindu worship and hard to get in everyday market.
- If you are in need of “Good Luck” then take a dip in the holy pond “Saubhagya Kund”
- You can enjoy the magical performance of Tantriks popularly known as “Baba ka chamatkaar”.
- You can see people worldwide as well as journalists and photographers.
- If you able to get the Red Cloth which was offered to the Goddess at the time of Festival and keep it in your home, it is believed that wealth and prosperity will always remain at your home.