Ambubachi Mela, Guwahati, India
Have you ever heard of Hindu Tantra goddess of desire, Kamakhya?
Every year in June, thousands of Hindu pilgrims and Tantra worshipers converge in the city of Guwahati to celebrate Ambubachi Mela. The pilgrims celebrate the festival at Kamakhya temple, one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world.
Ambubachi Mela is a festival of Hindu Tantra goddess of desire, Kamakhya, the bleeding goddess. In June, Hindus believe that Kamakhya goes through her annual menstruation cycle, which turns the river Brahmaputra into red color. Some people say that the priests pour vermilion into its waters, which makes the river appear red. During the 3-day celebration, temple doors stay closed and holy water is distributed among devotees. The temple surroundings become a festive venue, filled with pomp and shows. After 3 days, the temple doors re-open and people thus believe that Mother Earth has become clean again.
Ambubachi Mela is especially appealing for people interested in the occult or the tantric sciences. However, anyone curious to experience Hindu culture and traditions would also find this event very interesting.
Guwahati, North-East India
Besides Ambubachi Mela, Guwahati is famous for its natural and cultural wonders. Nature lovers enjoy spotting exotic birds, trekking through forests, exploring rivers and waterfalls. Culture lovers visit holy temples, the land of black magic and silk! ‘Muga’ (Golden) and the ‘Eri’ (Ahimsa) silks are indigenous to Assam. Finally, the North-East Indian region is also famous for its delicious traditional Bodo food.
Tour operator: Jungle Ideas, India
The package contains the following:
- Airport Transfers and Transportation during the entire journey
- Breakfast and Dinner during the entire stay
- Accommodation for 5 nights at Lohkra homestay
- Bonfire expenses, Entrance to all National Parks/Wildlife Sanctuaries