Guwahati: After a period of over almost 6-7 months, Assam’s historic Kamakhya temple in Guwahati shall open shrine doors for the devotees from October 11.
The decision was taken by Kamakhya Devalaya Management Committee as per discussion with the district administration.
However, the inner sanctum sanctorum will remain closed.
The devotees and other people will have to follow strict guidelines as per government protocols to prevent spreading of COVID-19.
The Devalaya Complex gate will remain open from 8 am till sunset on normal days. However, the timing may be changed during Navaratri and Durga Puja.
Moreover, the devotees will have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for covid19 at the medical camp organised by Health department near the entry point at Nursery (Kamakhya Foothill). Those who have tested within last 3 days need can travel after showing their reports.
After reaching the hilltop, the devotees will have to show their reports to the security persons & proceed further.
It is also mentioned that the maximum time allotment for each devotee will be 15 minutes and people without masks would not be allowed to enter the temple.
People visiting the historic temple will have to maintain social distancing and will also have to go through Thermal screening and sanitisation chamber at the main gate.
The shrine, situated in Guwahati, has remained shut since 20 March following orders from the government to shut all temples, offices, non-essential services to control the march of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kamakhya temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths or holy sites across the country that is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya or Sati. The ‘Garvagriha’ or the temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the yoni – female genitalia- symbolised in the form of a rock.