Guwahati: Kamakhya Temple doors reopen after Ambubachi Mela


A large number of pilgrims from different parts of India and foreign countries offered their prayers to Maa Kamakhya on Wednesday after the doors of the temple atop the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati reopened after four days of Ambubachi Mela celebrations.

The main door of the historic Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati reopened on Wednesday following the Nivritti performed by the priests of the temple on the last day of the Ambubachi Mela.

The annual Ambubachi Mela started on June 22 and after Pravritti, the main door of the temple was closed until Nivritti.

Varsha Sharma, a visitor from Madhya Pradesh, told ANI, “I liked it a lot and I got to see mother. I have come for the first time.”

Pusha Dubey, another devotee, said, “If mother calls me, I will come again.”

The head priest of Kamakhya Temple, Kabindra Prasad Sarma-Doloi, said that last year, around 25 lakh devotees visited the temple during the Ambubachi Mela.

The Kamakhya temple, located at a distance of 7 km from Guwahati, is one of the biggest Shakti shrines in the country. Situated on the Nilachal hills, this temple is an important pilgrimage centre for tantric worshippers and Hindus, as per the government of Assam website.

Ambubachi Mela is one of the major festivals of this temple. The festival is held every year to commemorate the yearly menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya.

Several other pujas are organised in this temple, including Durga Puja, Durgadeul and Madandeul. Some of the other pujas performed in this temple include Manasa Puja, Pohan Biya and Vasanti Puja.