Guwahati: The biggest congregation of devotees in Northeast, Ambubachi Mela (2022) at at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam is all set to kick start from today after a gap of two years because of the Covid19 pandemic.
Now, that it is finally here, there are certain restrictions in place due to the ongoing flood situation in Assam and also because of fear of rising covid cases.
The Kamrup (Metro) District Administration is expecting around 10 lakh devotees during the mela at the Kamakhya temple.
This year Ambubachi will start at 8:18 PM on Wednesday which is known as Pravritti and will conclude at 8:30 AM on June 26, known as Nivritti.
What is Ambubachi Mela?
Ambubachi Mela is an annual fair organised at Guwahati’s Kamakhya Temple. The temple is perched on top of the Ninanchal Hill and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Assam. The Kamakhya Temple is known to be one of the 52 shakti peethas of goddess Shakti.
Legend has it that an angered Shakti jumped into the fire after her father insulted Shiva, who then performed the tandava while carrying Shakti’s burning body. If Shiva would’ve completed the tandava, the universe would’ve been destroyed. In order to stop him from doing so, Vishnu released his Sudharshan chakra that split Shakti’s body into 5 parts. The Kamakhya Temple was built where the goddess’s womb and genitals fell.
It is also believed that in the early 16th century, the Kamakhya temple got destroyed. However, it was rebuilt by the King of Cooch Behar and was designed in a rather unique way. The temple has four prayer chambers: Garbagriha, Calanta, Pancharatna, and Natamandiramong. The first and most important chamber leads to the sanctum of the temple which is in the form of a cave. Though the chamber does not house an idol or image of the goddess, there is a natural spring that resembles the womb of the goddess.
On the fourth day of the Ambubachi Mela when the temple is opened to the public, everyone looks forward to receiving a piece of cloth soaked in what’s said to be the goddess’s menstrual fluid. Ambubachi Mela is one of the unique fairs hosted in India.