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Kamakhya Temple Door Opens After The End of Ambubachi Mela

India | News18 | June 27, 2019, 11:59 am
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 On Wednesday (June 27) morning the temple doors of Kamakhya opened at around 5.30am after the ritualistic bathing of the Goddess Kamakhya. (Image: Special Arrangement)

On Wednesday (June 27) morning the temple doors of Kamakhya opened at around 5.30am after the ritualistic bathing of the Goddess Kamakhya. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A devotee offers prayers in front of idols of goddess Kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

A devotee offers prayers in front of idols of goddess Kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Devotees perform rituals by the holy pond at the Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Devotees perform rituals by the holy pond at the Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 A Sadhu blesses devotees during Ambubachi festival at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. The temple is presided over by the goddess Kamakhya, the most important goddess of tantric worship, an esoteric form of Hinduism. (Image: AP)

A Sadhu blesses devotees during Ambubachi festival at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. The temple is presided over by the goddess Kamakhya, the most important goddess of tantric worship, an esoteric form of Hinduism. (Image: AP)

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 Devotees perform rituals beside idols of goddess Kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Devotees perform rituals beside idols of goddess Kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Monika Deb Nath helps her son Gopal towards his wheelchair at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Monika Deb Nath helps her son Gopal towards his wheelchair at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Devotees perform rituals sitting on steps of the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Devotees perform rituals sitting on steps of the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Monika Deb Nath feeds her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati, India. Monika and her husband have visited the temple four years in a row for the annual Ambubachi festival, praying for a miracle to heal their son from cerebral palsy, which has left him with almost no control over his own body. (Image: AP)

Monika Deb Nath feeds her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati, India. Monika and her husband have visited the temple four years in a row for the annual Ambubachi festival, praying for a miracle to heal their son from cerebral palsy, which has left him with almost no control over his own body. (Image: AP)

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 A sadhvi sits with her hands tattooed with images of Hindu god Shiva during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

A sadhvi sits with her hands tattooed with images of Hindu god Shiva during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Monika Deb Nath offers prayers in front of idols of goddess kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Monika Deb Nath offers prayers in front of idols of goddess kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Monika Deb Nath stands beside her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Monika Deb Nath stands beside her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 A devotee offers prayers in front of idols of goddess kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

A devotee offers prayers in front of idols of goddess kamakhya during Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Monika Deb Nath cleans the floor at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Monika Deb Nath cleans the floor at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Monika Deb Nath washes the feet of her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Monika Deb Nath washes the feet of her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Monika Deb Nath uses a hand fan and rests on the floor with her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

Monika Deb Nath uses a hand fan and rests on the floor with her son Gopal at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubachi festival in Gauhati. (Image: AP)

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 Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were among the first visitors to the temple. Chief Minister Sonowal extended his gratitude to all devotees from across the country who visited the temple. Sonowal offered prayers for the welfare and growth of the state. The Chief Minister also expressed his gratitude to the Shaktipeeth Kamakhya Devalaya and security forces for the success of the mela. In this photo, Himanta Bishwa Sarma is seen with his family at Kamakhya Temple. (Image: Twitter)

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were among the first visitors to the temple. Chief Minister Sonowal extended his gratitude to all devotees from across the country who visited the temple. Sonowal offered prayers for the welfare and growth of the state. The Chief Minister also expressed his gratitude to the Shaktipeeth Kamakhya Devalaya and security forces for the success of the mela. In this photo, Himanta Bishwa Sarma is seen with his family at Kamakhya Temple. (Image: Twitter)

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 Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister of State (Independent) for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel formally inaugurated the Mela on the evening of 21st June. (Image: Twitter)

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister of State (Independent) for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel formally inaugurated the Mela on the evening of 21st June. (Image: Twitter)

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 The four-day festival at the Kamakhya temple began on June 22 with the temple doors closing at 09:00 pm. During the festival, the temple remains closed to mark the belief that the annual menstrual cycle of Goddess Kamakhya falls during the period. This year, a large number of special initiatives had been set up by the State Government to make the State’s biggest spiritual and religious festival a grand success. For the convenience of the pilgrims, six temporary shelters, 19 food counters and 14 drinking water counters had been set up by the State Government. A large number of vehicles had also been arranged for the comfort of all the pilgrims. (Image: AP)

The four-day festival at the Kamakhya temple began on June 22 with the temple doors closing at 09:00 pm. During the festival, the temple remains closed to mark the belief that the annual menstrual cycle of Goddess Kamakhya falls during the period. This year, a large number of special initiatives had been set up by the State Government to make the State’s biggest spiritual and religious festival a grand success. For the convenience of the pilgrims, six temporary shelters, 19 food counters and 14 drinking water counters had been set up by the State Government. A large number of vehicles had also been arranged for the comfort of all the pilgrims. (Image: AP)

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 Every year, the famed Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills attracts thousands of people from across the country and abroad during the mela. Last year, the festival had recorded a footfall of over 20 lakh. (Image: AP)

Every year, the famed Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills attracts thousands of people from across the country and abroad during the mela. Last year, the festival had recorded a footfall of over 20 lakh. (Image: AP)

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 The Ambubachi Mela to mark the annual menstruation of goddess Kamakhya in Guwahati’s Kamakhya Temple, starts from June 22. Considered as the biggest religious congregation in eastern India, lakhs of devotees take part in the mela and adds to the festive fervour. Kamakhya, atop Nilachal Hills, is one of 51 Shaktipeeths or seats of Shakti followers, each representing body parts of the Goddess. (Image: AP)

The Ambubachi Mela to mark the annual menstruation of goddess Kamakhya in Guwahati’s Kamakhya Temple, starts from June 22. Considered as the biggest religious congregation in eastern India, lakhs of devotees take part in the mela and adds to the festive fervour. Kamakhya, atop Nilachal Hills, is one of 51 Shaktipeeths or seats of Shakti followers, each representing body parts of the Goddess. (Image: AP)

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 The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the yoni – a female genital – on a rock inside the sanctum sanctorum, on which prayers and offerings are made by the priests and pilgrims. At the end of the three days after Amubachi, the temple is reopened; the presiding deity, is bathed and rituals are performed. A piece of red cloth, which covers the yoni during the days of menstruation, is cut into small pieces and handed out as prasad. Devotees tie this piece of cloth around their wrists. (Image: Reuters)

The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the yoni – a female genital – on a rock inside the sanctum sanctorum, on which prayers and offerings are made by the priests and pilgrims. At the end of the three days after Amubachi, the temple is reopened; the presiding deity, is bathed and rituals are performed. A piece of red cloth, which covers the yoni during the days of menstruation, is cut into small pieces and handed out as prasad. Devotees tie this piece of cloth around their wrists. (Image: Reuters)

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