6/23/2011 to 6/26/2011 | Assam , India

Ambubachi Mela

Swimming in the rain, Ambubachi Mela, Kamakhya Mandir, Guwahati


Shiva’s wife Sati (an incarnation of Kali) is said to have been dismembered into 51 pieces which fell across India, her genitalia, yoni, fell on Kamakhya hill.  The annual Ambubachi Mela celebrates the mother goddess, Kamakhya’s, menstrual cycle.  Apparently for goddesses “that time of the month” comes once a year.  In respect […]

6/16/2011 to 6/20/2011 | Assam , India


Kamakhya Mandir before the Ambubachi Mela, Guwahati


I had passed through Guwahati on a number of occasions always en route to somewhere else more interesting. But I had never really given the city a shot, being turned off by relatively high price of accommodation, at least that in which foreigners are permitted to stay.  Despite a wall full of […]