Ambubachi Mela, also known as Ameti, is the annual festival celebrated at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. It is celebrated during monsoon season that falls in the Assamese month of Ahaar (June). In 2017, Ambubachi Mela begins on June 22 and ends on June 25.
Ambubachi is the celebration of the yearly menstruation course of Goddess Kamakhya Devi. Duirng this period, Goddess Kamakhya Devi goes through her yearly menstrual cycle. Ambubashi Mela is celebrated for three days during which the temple remains closed.
During the Mela, devotees avoid observing puja, reading holy books, farming, cooking, etc. It is believed that these three days are unclean and unholy days for the whole world. After three days of Ambubachi, Goddess Kamakhya is bathed and the priests of the temple continue rituals to retain the purity of the Goddess.
Ambubachi is also known as ‘Tantric fertility festival’. Thousands of tantrics, sadhus, sanyasins, and other Devi sadhak throng the temple for divine blessings of Kamakhya devi.