Ambubachi Festival

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Ambubachi Festival

  • It is a four-day fair to mark the annual menstruation of the goddess at Kamakhya temple in Nilachal Hills in Guwahati, Assam.
  • It is also considered as an occasion to promote awareness on menstrual hygiene.
  • This ritualistic fair is one of the reasons why the taboo associated with menstruation is less in Assam compared with other parts of India.
  • Recently, the festival was observed without mendicants, hermits and devotees for the first time in almost 500 years.
  • The festival is celebrated since 1565.
  • The attainment of womanhood of girls in Assam is celebrated with a ritual called ‘Tuloni Biya’, meaning small wedding.
  • A similar custom is followed at the Devi temple at Chengannur town in Alappuzha district of Kerala.
  • The temple is shut for the days the Goddess there is believed to undergo her period.

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