Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ambubachi / Ambubasi Mela of the Kamakhya Devi

About the Ambubachi Mela at the Kamakhya Temple 
Ambubachi Mela  also known as Ambubasi Mela is held at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati in Assam.  Ambubachi Mela is held during monsoon time, from 22ne June to 26th of June every year. This festival is related to tantric cult. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle  and the temple is closed  for these days . Ambubachi mela is  four day mela  which is also said to be a Tantric fertility festival.

Annual Menstrual cycle of the Goddess Kamakhya Devi 
It is widely believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her annual menstrual cycle and devotees come in large numbers to see the Goddess on the fourth day when the temple reopens. Sanyasins and Pandas  from all over the country assemble there during this period.
The temple remains closed for three days during this mela since it iss believed that she gets unclean just like any other woman and gets secluded for three days. On the fourth day she is bathed and cleaned and other rituals are performed so that Devi retains her purity.  Devotees maintain some restrictions  like not cooking for three days, not performing pooja  or reading holy books  and do no work / farming etc.  the doors of the temple get reopened on the fourth day and prasad is distributed to all.

The Prasad distributed at the Goddess Kamakhya Temple 
As the temple opens there is a mad rush of the devotees to get the bits of cloth which is given as prasad . That is a unique prasad as the bits of cloth distributed are moist with menstrual fluid of Goddess Kamakhya Devi and is considered very auspicious and highly powerful.
The Prasad comes in two forms Angadhak and Angabastra. Angadhak means the fluid from the part of body and Angabastra means that the cloth covering any part of the body.  here it is a piece of cloth which is used to cover the stone during the days of menstruation of the Goddess.

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