In view of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Kamakhya Develaya’s management committed has decided to suspend the Ambubachi Mela this year.
The committee took the decision on Wednesday as the risk of the virus infection is at an all-time high with new cases being reported every day.
The Ambubachi Mela is one of the largest annual Hindu gathering or festival which is held Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati every year during the monsoon season that happens to fall during the Assamese month Ahaar.
It is the celebration of the yearly menstruation course of goddess Kamakhya and it is believed that the presiding goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time stretch. It is also believed that during the monsoon rains the creative and nurturing power of the ‘menses’ of Mother Earth becomes accessible to devotees at this site during the mela.
There is no idol of the presiding deity but she is worshipped in the form of a yoni-like stone instead over which a natural spring flows.