GUWAHATI, June 21 � Braving the summer heat and monsoon rains they have arrived to seek blessings from the mother Goddess. Enduring difficult living conditions they will stay for a few days, fervently hoping they will be granted their wishes to make their lives more bearable.
In the temple town of Kamakhya, thousands of women and men of different age groups, as in previous years, are part of the Ambubachi celebrations.
The faithful have travelled from different places in India as well as neighbouring nations. From Nepal, Suren Srestha has arrived with his aged aunt to fulfill the latter�s dream of visiting Kamakhya. �She says it�s an auspicious occasion�and the Mother has been calling her,� Srestha says. With no other male relative willing to accompany the aged woman, it was Srestha who decided to step in to fulfill her cherished dream.
A large number of pilgrims have come from West Bengal, men and women who have been inspired by the faith in the Mother Goddess. Many have travelled long distances by bus and then by train. It appears surprising that they have nothing much to complain about their difficult journeys to the Nilachal hills.
Today morning 14 pilgrims from Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur, were walking down from the temple town. Srikant Rai, a young member of the group said he feels happy he could visit the shrine during an auspicious period. Mantu Mahanta, elder to Srikant by several decades seemed more ebullient.