Online information of Ambubachi Mela 2011, Assam

Ambubachi Mela or Ameti or Tantric fertility festival or Ambubasi festival is one of the famous temples of North-East India. Like every year, Ambubachi Mela is going to be celebrated with great passion in 2011. Read this article to know more about the Ambubachi Mela, i.e. how it is celebrated, legend behind Ambubachi Mela, and the dates of Ambubachi Mela in 2011. You can also read about famous Kamakhya Temple of Assam through this article.

Ambubachi Mela is one of the most famous annual festivals of Assam. It is celebrated in famous Kamakhya Temple of Assam. Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ameti/ Tantric fertility festival/ Ambubasi festival. It is celebrated in the Assamese month Ahaar which falls in the mid of month June, in monsoon season. During this period, the Brahmaputra River is its spate.

How Ambubachi Mela is celebrated?

It is believed that during the month of Ahaar, Goddess Kamakhya passes through her period of menstruation cycle. Even the water of the spring flowing in the temple also turns red during this period.

(To read more about Kamakhya Temple in detail, please visit the web page at Kamakhya Temple, Assam )

During this period, Kamakhya Temple remains closed and is opened on the 4th day with great celebration. Ambubachi Mela is celebrated during this menstruation period of Goddess Kamakhya. During this period, the local period neither sow the seeds nor worship God nor read holy books, etc. as they believe that these three days are unholy and unclean for the whole world and its people.

On 4th day of the festival (menstruation period of Goddess Kamakhya), Goddess is bathed and other ceremonies are performed by the priests to ensure that the Goddess is now pure. (As in human beings, ladies wash their hairs on 4th day of their menses and ensure that they are pure now).

Then the Prasad is offered to the devotees. This Prasad is in two forms: Angadhak and Angabastra. Literally, Angadhak (अन्गधक) means the fluid of the body which is the water of the spring, and Angabastra (अन्गबस्त्र) means the cloth which covers the body, i.e. a piece of red cloth by which the yoni shaped stone in Kamakhya Temple is covered during menstruation days of Goddess. Huge number of people rush inside the premises of temple on its reopening to get these two unique prasads as they are believed to be very hold and powerful.

This festival is also known as Tantric fertility festival as a huge number of Tantrics visit this festival. Even some of the Tantrics can be seen on this festival ground only after each year. Tantrics around the world visit Ambubachi Mela to pay their homage to Goddess and to show their amazing acts.

During Ambubachi Mela, the marriage ceremony of Goddess Kamakhya and Lord Kameshwar, known as Kamakhya Devi Kalyan is celebrated. This marriage ceremony is popularly known as Paus-Bia.

Ambubachi Mela in 2011

In year 2011, Ambubachi Mela shall be celebrated from 22nd June to 26th June. In other words, the festival will start on 22nd June and will end on the 4th day of menses of Devi, i.e. on 26th June.


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