Ambubachi Mela is the most important and popular festival at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. Ambubachi Mela is also known as the Ameti or the Tantric fertility festival and has a close association with the tantric rituals and practices.
Ambubachi Mela is a ritual of austerities celebrated with ‘Tantric rites’ and celebrates the yearly menstrual cycle of the goddess Kamakhya. It is believed that the earth becomes impure for three days and during this time no puja, reading of scriptures, farming work is undertaken.
Ambubachi Mela is held at the Kamakhya temple, after being closed for the afore-mentioned three days. The goddess Kamakhya is given a bath and purified on the fourth day. The temple reopens on the fourth day and the devotees are allowed to enter inside the temple for worship. Thousands of devotees from all over the country and abroad visit this Ambubachi Mela.
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