Ambubachi Mela is also known as Tantric fertility festival and is a four-day Fair. It is closely connected with the Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India and is famous due to the assembling of Tantric Sadhus from India and abroad.
It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her yearly menstrual cycle during the Ambubachi days. Hence, Ambubachi Mela is celebrated every year. The temple remains closed for three days – the menstruation period.
Lakhs of people wait outside the temple premises on the fourth day, when the temple will be reopened. Sanyasins and Sages from around the country gather at the Kamakhya temple during this period.
A Millions number of devotees make a mad rush when the temple reopens to receive the ‘prasad’ which is a small chunk of cloth, which is supposedly moist with the menstrual fluid of Goddess Kamakhya. It is believed highly auspicious and powerful.
How to Reach Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya Temple?
The Kamakhya temple is established on lofty Nilachal Hills and in the very center of Guwahati town in Kamrup district of Assam, India. Buses and Autorickshaws frequently ply connecting it to various parts of Guwahati.
By Roadways : Visitors can take an auto-rickshaw/taxi from Guwahati Railway Station or any other part of the city. The nearest roadway station is Guwahati roadways. Regular Buses to Kamakhya Temple from Guwahati station.
By Airways : The Temple is about 20 km from Guwahati Airport, which is the nearest airport and linked to all major Airports in India.
By Railways : Kamakhya Mandir is 6 km far from Guwahati railway station, which is the nearest Railway Station of North-Eastern India. It is well connected to all major cities.
There is also a separate Kamakhya Railway Station, which is closer to the temple, but is comparatively smaller.
By Foot : If you have the passion of Mountaineering and want to reach the temple top by climbing, you can do so using stairs from connecting the bottom of Nilachal hill to the Kamakhya temple.