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Time to Redesign Ambubachi Mela



The mythological land of India, since time immemorial, has always been a storehouse of many religious theories that have already occupied the minds of its dwellers with mystical sentiments and emotions. Researchers and analysts predict that the traction of these religious beliefs mainly lies in the evidences excavated or in the trail of historical objects found in places of archaeological significance, or, may be, in religious scriptures and folklores.

The religious extension of the mystic land of India is not only centered to a particular place. It revolves around the entire country, even in the greeneries of Assam. And the land of Assam has a deep connection with the mythological tales of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati.

It is so believed that when the body of Goddess Sati was pierced into pieces by Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu, the parts of her body fell in different areas, each creating a Shakti Peeth. Every year, during the month of June, the main entrance of the Kamakhya Temple is closed for three days with a belief that Goddess Kamakhya undergoes her menstrual cycle. And when that happens, it marks the beginning of the fabled fiesta of Ambubachi Mela.

However, it’s also important for us to keep a salubrious balance between the religious perspectives of this festival as well as the baleful effects that it has over the State and its people. An Ambubachi Mela in the present time has slowly turned into a headache for denizens. The apparatus of the State splits apart. We are witness to traffic congestion, blocked footpaths, accumulation of rotten items with foul smell lingering around, and, most importantly, the hue and cry that completely destroys the normal scenario.

If we carefully analyse it all, we shall find that in reality the State of Assam has not achieved anything from this fiesta except for degrading the peaceful lives of its citizens. However, credit must be bestowed upon the State and its government for leaving no stone unturned to provide all the facilities to the congregation that turns up for this festival. That is the reason why the State always receives heaps of praise.

Bishaldeep Kakati,