There are not any temples in India where menstruation is celebrated as the symbolism of ultimate power, exposing the social hypocrisy of looking the menstruation as a taboo.
Kamakhya Devi is famous as the bleeding Goddess and the temple is located in Assam. The mythical womb and vagina of Shakti are supposedly installed in the ‘Garvagriha’ or sanctum of the temple.
For the 1st time in recorded history, the annual Ambubachi rituals at the sacred Kamakhya temple in Guwahati are wearing a deserted look. The rituals commenced on Monday morning; however, the most important religious congregation of eastern India, the Ambubachi Mela, has been canceled this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore the subsequent lockdown
Every year In the month of June,the Goddess menstruates and At this time, the Brahmaputra river near Kamakhya turns red. The temple then remains closed for 3 days, and holy water is distributed among the devotees of Kamakhya Devi.
The traditional belief associated with it is that our sacred Mother Earth is also like a fertile woman. The great Maa Kamakhya Ambubachi Mela celebrates the annual menstrual cycle of Maa Kamakhya. Goddess Shakti goes through the menstrual phases during the days when the mela is celebrated and hence the temple is closed for the pilgrims for three days.
The spiritual Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ameti or Tantric Fertility Festival. Tantrics or religious priests across the country assemble in massive numbers to worship Goddess Kamakhya.
During the Ambubachi mela, the temple remains closed for three days and during these three days, there are certain restrictions that the devotes come across like not worshipping, no reading holy books etc. After three days, the temple doors are reopened, and the devotees are allowed to enter the temple. Devotees then visit to seek the blessings of the Goddess, and Prasad is distributed among them.
During the fourth day, prasad or the sacred food is distributed after seeking Maa Kamakhya’s blessing which is considered very special. It is distributed in two different forms- ‘Angodak’ and ‘Angabastra’. The meaning of the word ‘Angodak’ is the fluid part of the body. This refers to the ‘Water from the spring.’ And the word ‘Angabastra’ means the cloth covering the body. This refers to a piece of red cloth used to cover the yoni-shaped stone during the menstrual cycle of the Goddess.
This year the Ambubachi Mela starts on June 22, 2021 and ends on June 26, 2021. This year, however, the mela has been cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this festival is one of the most sacred and greatest festivals celebrated all over Assam.