The Ambubachi mela or fair is an annual Hindu mela held in the month of June at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. It is attended by a huge number of priests and sadhus from all over the country. One unique feature of this festival is that the doors of Kamakhya temple is closed. The devotees wait outside for three days, after that Kamakhya Devi is bathed and other rituals are performed and then the doors of the temple are reopened and prasad is distributed. There are no entry fees in visiting the temple. Kamakhya Temple is located at an altitude of 800 feet at the edge of Nilachal hill.
The temple can be reached by bus, shared jeep or private vehicles, but during the mela, entry of vehicles to the top of hill is banned. Hence one has to walk uphill from the main road for at least 3 km, which can be very strenous as it is hot and humid during that period. There are stalls step up by the side of the road which provide drinking water free of charge to devotees. During this festive period, the temple is decorated with flowers and the influx of huge number of priests and devotees and colourful stalls makes it a memorable experience. Also, if you are interested in photography, the riot of colours during the festival give you some stunning pictures. Some of the pictures that I have taken are given below –
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