Guwahati: On the day of Maha Ashtami of Navratri, devotees thronged Maa Kamakhya temple located in the Nilanchal hills of Guwahati on Monday.
Since the morning hours, there was a rush of devotees in the temple who made their presence inside the Shakti Peeth hailing the goddess Kamakhya.
It is to be noted that Durga Puja has always been one of the major festivals of Kamakhya and the whole place is seen in a festive mood.
The celebration is quite different from other places.
In the Kamakhya Temple, it is observed for a fortnight (Paksha) beginning with Krishna Navami and ending with Sukla Navami of Aswina, hence also called the Pakhua Puja.
The puja is performed in a unique way with rituals like Mahasnan or the ritualistic bath of the deity (Pithasthan) with Panchagarva, Bali or sacrifice of buffaloes, goats, pigeons, fishes, gourds, pumpkins and sugarcanes.