Guwahati, Aug.20 (ANI): Devotees from various parts of the country thronged the
The Deodhani Dance Festival is held to worship the Hindu snake goddess
The Deodhani Dance is a semi-classical dance form, which is common across the southwest Kamrup and Mangaidoi parts of
Before participating in the festival, devotees go through a month-long preparatory phase, during which they are not permitted to meet their families and have to stay within the temple premises with a photograph of the deity they want to represent. They also seek knowledge from their religious mentors during this period.
It is believed that the Hindu goddess possesses a devotee's body during the festival to dance.
"In golden era, the mother goddess herself performed this Deodhani Dance. But those days are gone now, as the dark age has arrived. The mother goddess is submissive now, and now through people the goddess dances. Each dancer depicts different forms of the goddess. If one is Kali, the dance will show aggression, if it is
As per Hindu mythology, one's wishes come true if they wish for something special during the festival.
"I get a lot of peace after coming here and my wishes get fulfilled. I am also a priest and I am coming here since past seven-eight years. I come here during Ambuvachi and during this occasion. The main reason of coming here is to visit the temple, worship the goddess and get your wishes fulfilled," said a visitor from
It is believed that taking part in this festival bestows the dancers with powers from the Goddess Kamakhya. The temple situated atop the
This dance fest, where participants go into trance mode, attracts visitors as their performances seem very unusual and at times scary too, with painted faces, holding of swords and spears in their hands. (ANI)
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