Photography during Ambubachi mela at Kamakhya temple, Guwahati

Ambubachi mela at Kamakhya temple

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 for at least 3 km, which can be very strenous. Nevertheless, during this period, the temple is decorated and the influx of huge number of 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 –

People siting at the stairs at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
People siting at the stairs at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
Huge rush of people at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
Huge rush of people at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
Huge rush of people at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
Huge rush of people at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
A group of priests sitting on the stairs at the Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela.
A group of priests sitting on the stairs at the Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela.
Priests reading holy books at the Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela.
Priests reading holy books at the Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela.
Devotees washing their sins at the Kamakhya temple pond, also known as saubhagya kund.
Devotees washing their sins at the Kamakhya temple pond, also known as saubhagya kund.
People going towards Kamakhya temple pond to wash their sins.
People going towards Kamakhya temple pond to wash their sins.
Huge rush of devotees at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
Huge rush of devotees at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
Shops selling hindu religious items near the Kamakhya temple.
Shops selling hindu religious items near the Kamakhya temple.
Street vendors selling artificial jewelry by the roadside on the eve of Ambubachi mela
Street vendors selling artificial jewelry by the roadside on the eve of Ambubachi mela
A man dressed as Lord Shiva
A man dressed as Lord Shiva
A priest sitting on the floor
A priest sitting on the floor
A priest worshiping stone carvings of Gods at Kamakhya temple
A priest worshiping stone carvings of Gods at Kamakhya temple
Devotees worshiping stone carvings of Gods at Kamakhya temple
Devotees worshiping stone carvings of Gods at Kamakhya temple
Devotees worshiping stone carvings of Gods at Kamakhya temple
Devotees worshiping stone carvings of Gods at Kamakhya temple
People siting at the stairs at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
People siting at the stairs at Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi mela
A man dressed as Lord Hanuman during the Ambubachi mela.
A man dressed as Lord Hanuman during the Ambubachi mela.
Huge rush of people walking through the streets near Kamakhya temple at Ambubachi mela.
Huge rush of people walking through the streets near Kamakhya temple at Ambubachi mela.
Stalls set up on the eve of Ambubachi mela (fair) at Kamakhya temple.
Stalls set up on the eve of Ambubachi mela (fair) at Kamakhya temple.
Huge rush of people walking through the streets near Kamakhya temple at Ambubachi mela.
Huge rush of people walking through the streets near Kamakhya temple at Ambubachi mela.
A priest smoking marijuana in the street
A priest smoking marijuana in the street

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If you are interested in photography, visit my other blogs on Jodhpur street photography, Mandore gardenJaisalmer street photographyBada BaghPushkar mela photography, KuldharaUdaipur photographyJaipur architecture street photography and Patwon Ki Haveli.

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