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Ramayana Coloring Book and Stickers for Children

The coloring book based on the epic Ramayan is presented by the publication division of the British Library. The images are based on the book 'Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic'. The picture book Ramayana also comes with 18 stickers with which kids can create their own Ramayana scene.Currently British Library is holding a Ramayana Exhibition based on this 17th century illustrated Ramayana. The paintings in 'Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic' can also be viewed online.The fun and coloring book can be brought from the online shop of British Library. It is also available in select book stores.Ramayana Colouring Book with Stickers
Published by: British Library Publishing
Published: May 2008

Ambubasi Festival – The Tantric Shakti Fertility Festival at Kamakhya Temple Assam

Ambubasi Festival or Tantric Fertility Festival is held annually during the monsoon in the famous Kamakhya temple at Guwahati, Assam. Ambubhasi is also known as Kamakhya Devi Puja or Ambubachi and is closely associated with the Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India. In 2017, Ambubasi Festival begins on June 22 and ends on June 25. This festival associated with Tantrism is observed for four days.

Legend has it that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her yearly menstrual cycle during the Ambubachi days. The temple remains closed for three days – the menstruation period. Due to this unique observance the ritual is also known as fertility festival or Ameti in local language. A fair takes place in the vicinity of KamakhyaTemple during this period and is known as Ambubasi Mela – a rural craft fair.

Shakti devotees in large numbers visit the shrine during the period and thousands of devotees wait outside the temple on the fourth day to have a glimpse of the deity – when the God…