Apart from superstitions,women aren't allowed to enter the temples and also restricted from certain actions during their menstrual cycle in rural India. Ironically, the temple of goddess Kamakhya also known as 'Bleeding Goddess' ; the Goddess of birth located on Nilanchal Hills(Guwahati)whose menstrual cycle not only celebrated annually as Ambubachi Mela in the month of ASHAAD(June) but it’s believed that the goddess ‘menstruates’ during this period and the Brahmaputra river near Kamakhya turns red and the sanctum sanctorum of temple houses the mythical womb and vagina of the Hindu goddess Shakti which is being worshipped.
Minaakshi Saran Dass
Cinematography and Video Editing
Kamakhya Devi is a documentary, shot in Assam which is somehow challenging as we had a limitation of crew and different regional language. Kamakhya Devi video was shot with the equipments like Sony A7S MarkII, Sony A6300, GoPro Hero7 Black, Tripod, Zhiyun Gimbal, and Rode Mics as well. One of the highlights of our shoot of Kamakhya Devi Temple which is situated on a hilltop of Nilanchal Hills that too during rainy season and major factor was that the people of the temple were too secretive about the mysteries of the Temple, so we had to behave like locals and that helped us a lot to capture and showcase the real and candid footage of the whole Temple environment.
It was a very different and unique experience to capture the whole essence of the Temple and match it with the director's vision.