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- 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.