In Pics: Celebrating the Shakti Cult at Guwahati’s Ambubachi Mela

The Ambubachi Mela at Guwahati’s Kamakhya Temple is an annual festival celebrating the Mother goddess Kamakhya.

Published21 Jun 2016, 05:02 PM IST
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The monsoons have arrived in Assam, and with the rains begins the auspicious Ambubachi Mela in Guwahati’s Kamakhya Temple. The heart of Tantric traditions in India, the temple attracts sadhus, sadhvis and Tantric practitioners every year during this time.

The festival begins on 22 June this year – a day after the summer solstice – and goes on till 26 June. The festival is a celebration of the Shakti cult, which worships the mother goddess Kamakhya.

During the period of Ambubachi, from the seventh to the tenth day of the Hindu month of Asadha, the doors of the the shrine are closed to all as it is believed that the Goddess Kamakhya goes through the annual cycle of menstruation. On the twelfth day, the doors are opened ceremonially and a big fair is held at the temple premises.

On Tuesday, more than 200 Naga sadhus organised a rally from Bhutnath Temple to Kamakhya Temple.



Photo: Anjana Dutta
Photo: Anjana Dutta

The doors to Kamakhya Temple will close on 22 June and will reopen on 26 June.

Photo: Anjan Dutta
Photo: Anjan Dutta


Photo: Anjana Dutta
Photo: Anjana Dutta


Photo: Anjana Dutta
Photo: Anjana Dutta

Nearly 20 lakh pilgrims are slated to attend the festival, which is a celebration of the Shakti cult.



Photo: Anjana Dutta
Photo: Anjana Dutta


Photo: Anjana Dutta
Photo: Anjana Dutta


Photo: Anjana Dutta
Photo: Anjana Dutta

Devotees and sadhus from around the world flock to the temple during this time, to pray to Maa Kamakhya.



Photo: Anjana Dutta
Photo: Anjana Dutta

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