About the Ambubachi Mela
In the Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati in the state of Assam, the most important mela is celebrated every year which is known as the Ambubachi Mela. During the monsoon season around the middle of June, when the Brahmaputra River is in space, which is the yearly menstruation course of goddess Kamakhya, this mela is celebrated. It is believed that during the monsoon rains the creative and nurturing power of the 'menses' of Mother Earth becomes devotees get this during the mela. There is no idol of the presiding deity but she is worshipped in the form of a yoni-like stone instead over which a natural spring flows.
This mela is also well-known as Ameti or Tantric fertility festival because of the close association of Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India. Even some Tantric Babas come out to the public only during these four day and rest of the year, they remain in a calm place away from the people. Some Babas are seen displaying their psychic powers like putting their heads in a pit and stand upright on it, standing on one leg for hours at a stretch.
From all over India, every year lakhs of pilgrims, starting from Sadhus to householders, come to Guwahati to observe this festival. They include Sanyasins, black clad Aghoras, the Khade-babas, the Baul or singing minstrels of West Bengal, intellectual and folk Tantriks, Sadhus and Sadhvis with long matted hair etc. Even foreigners from abroad come to seek blessings from mother Kamakhya.
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