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Ambubachi Mela

This is the most important festival of the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati and is held every year during monsoon (mid-June). This festival is closely related to the Tantric cult and is also known as Kamakhya Devi Puja. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle during this time and for three days the doors to the temple are kept closed because the earth is impure. 
Ambubachi Mela is celebrated at the Kamakhya temple on the fourth day when thousands of devotees from all over India and abroad are once again allowed to enter the temple for worship. When the doors are finally opened the devotees charge through hoping to receive prasad, small pieces of cloth supposedly moist with Goddess Kamakhya’s menstrual fluid, and which are considered highly auspicious and powerful.

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