Ambubachi Mela

Ambubachi Mela also locally known as “Ameti” or “Amoti” is the biggest religious congegretion in the North East India. The word “Ambu” means water and “Vasi” or “Bachi” means flowing. It is observed during the monsoon season in the month of ‘Ashara’ as per Assamese/ Bengali calender beginning with the seventh day which falls around 21st or 22nd of June of Gregorian Calender. It is the time when Sun is in Zodiac of Mithuna and enters into the first Pada of Adra Constellation. The traditional belief is that during this time, the Devi who is worshipped as the Mother Earth enters into the period of her annual mensuration. Ambubachi has a deep rooted connection with ancient agricultural concept which compares that Mother Earth to a fertile woman.

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Deodhani or Devadhwani Mela
(Manasa Puja)

Beginning on the Sravana Sankranti (Juncture of two months) day, Manasa Puja is observed for three days in Natmandir (the middle part of the temple) of Kamakhya Temple. Deodhani Nritya, a shamanistic dance form is performed coinciding with Manasa Puja by persons believed to represent the spiritual power of a god or goddess. The dancers are called the Deodhas, Ghora or Joki by local peoples. To witness the Deodhanis perform, thousands of people visit Kamakhya Temple every year.

Durga Puja

Durga Puja is one of the major festivals of Kamakhya and the whole place is seen in a festive mood. The celebration is quite different from other places. In the Kamakhya Temple, it is observed for a fortnight (Paksha) beginning with Krishna Navami and ending with Sukla Navami of Aswina, hence also called the Pakhua Puja. The puja is performed in unique way with rituals like Mahasnan or the ritualistic bath of the deity (Pithasthan) with Panchagarva, Bali or sacrifice of buffaloes, goats, pigeons, fishes, gourds, pumpkins and sugarcanes.

Kumari Puja

Kumari Puja or the Virgin Worship forms an integral part of almost all the major pujas performed here, more so in Durga Puja. In this puja, a virgin girl (Kumari) is worshipped as a manifestation of the Goddess Kamakhya after being beautifully decorated with new red sari, garlands, sindur, jewellary, perfumes etc.

Complete List of Festivals

AprilSri Sri Manasha Devi Puthi Opening Ceremony
Chaitra Sangkarnti
Bohag Bihu and Halkhata (Assamese new year day)
May Puja of Sri Sri Grammya Devata
JuneSatha Brata
Ambubachi Mela
JulyDaksinayan Sangkranti and Puja of Sri Sri Dakshina Kali Devi
AugustSri Sri Manasha Devi Puja and Debaddhani Festival
Lalita Saptami and Puja of Sri Sri Latitakanta Devi
Puja of Sri Sri Joyadurga Devi
August/SeptemberJanam Astami (Birth day of Lord Krishna)
Pitri Tarpan
SeptemberSri Sri Manasha Devi Puthi Closing Ceremony
Sri Sri Biswakarma Puja
September/OctoberNabamyadi Kalparambha
Sharadiya Sri Sri Durga Puja from Krishna Navami to Shukla Navami
OctoberSri Sri Lakshmi Devi Puja
NovemberSri Sri Kartik Puja
November/DecemberDhannya Sedan
December/JanuaryPuhan Biya (Marriage Day of Devi Kamakhya)
JanuaryPousha Sangkarnti (Makara Sangkranti)
Sri Sri Ratanti Kali Puja
January/FebruarySri Sri Ganesh Puja
Sri Sri Saraswati Puja
February/MarchMaha Shiva Ratri
Gopal Doul (Holi Utsav)
March/AprilShiva Doul
Durga Doul
Sri Sri Basanti Puja
Sri Sri Raj-Rajaswari Puja (from Chaitra Amavashya to Purnima)