Guwahati: Ambubachi Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings of devotees in the famous Shaktipeeth Kamakhya temple will begin from Wednesday onwards.
After a gap of two years, the Kamrup Metro district administration is expecting a footfall of over 10 lakh devotees’ during the biggest congregation of devotees in the Northeast.
According to reports, the doors of the temple will be closed at 8.18 pm (pravritti) with the beginning of Ambubachi and will conclude on June 26 at around 5 am (Nivritti).
Every year, thousands of devotees flock to the Shaktipeeth Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati for the Ambubachi Mela, also known as the Maha Ambubachi. Due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19, however, things are not as like before.
This year also Ambubachi Mela will be observed in a low-key manner, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Last Thursday, Assam Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah took stock of the temporary camp at Sonaram Field and the old jail campus at Fancy Bazaar.
The minister stated that due to the pandemic, this Ambubachi Mela won’t be held with much fervour and enthusiasm.
Both the VIPs and the general public could visit the Kamakhya Temple together from the main entrance and no pilgrims will be permitted to take vehicles, said the minister.
Taking to Twitter, Baruah wrote, “Glad to announce that the historic Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya temple will be held from June 22-25. Seek the cooperation of all to make the event a grand success. We’ve taken a few decisions to ensure ease for pilgrims.”
“As per the wish of Hon’ble CM Dr @himantabiswa sir, no special preference will be given to VIPs. Special car passes will also not be provided this time. We have also decided not to hold inauguration ceremony or cultural programmes as precaution against #COVID19”, he added in another tweet.
“Swachhata will be a primary priority during the event. We shall make arrangements for cleanliness and hygiene throughout the Kamakhya hill. This morning, I spent 5 hours to review the preparations with concerned officials in order to ensure smooth conduct of the event” the Minister tweeted.
The temple authorities have issued certain guidelines to follow during the Ambubachi Mela. The temple authorities said that this time there won’t be any provisions of food and lodging for the pilgrims who will come from other states.