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.
Deodhani or Devadhwani Mela
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 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 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
|April||Sri Sri Manasha Devi Puthi Opening Ceremony|
|Bohag Bihu and Halkhata (Assamese new year day)|
|May||Puja of Sri Sri Grammya Devata|
|July||Daksinayan Sangkranti and Puja of Sri Sri Dakshina Kali Devi|
|August||Sri Sri Manasha Devi Puja and Debaddhani Festival|
|Lalita Saptami and Puja of Sri Sri Latitakanta Devi|
|Puja of Sri Sri Joyadurga Devi|
|August/September||Janam Astami (Birth day of Lord Krishna)|
|September||Sri Sri Manasha Devi Puthi Closing Ceremony|
|Sri Sri Biswakarma Puja|
|Sharadiya Sri Sri Durga Puja from Krishna Navami to Shukla Navami|
|October||Sri Sri Lakshmi Devi Puja|
|November||Sri Sri Kartik Puja|
|December/January||Puhan Biya (Marriage Day of Devi Kamakhya)|
|January||Pousha Sangkarnti (Makara Sangkranti)|
|Sri Sri Ratanti Kali Puja|
|January/February||Sri Sri Ganesh Puja|
|Sri Sri Saraswati Puja|
|February/March||Maha Shiva Ratri|
|Gopal Doul (Holi Utsav)|
|Sri Sri Basanti Puja|
|Sri Sri Raj-Rajaswari Puja (from Chaitra Amavashya to Purnima)|