GUWAHATI: The historic Kamakhya temple atop Nilachal hills here to reopen its doors for devotees from September 24 with strict rules and regulations. The temple has been closed for visitors since March owing to the Covid19 pandemic situation.
As per the decision taken jointly by the temple authority, Kamrup (metro) district administration and city police, it was decided that a maximum of 500 devotees will be allowed to visit the temple daily from Thursday.
An SOP released by the metro district administration said, “Kamakhya temple management committee will arrange online passes for the devotees on the basis of the applications of devotees. A person having more than 65 years and below 10 years will not be allowed to visit the Kamakhya temple. Temple Management Committee will ensure this strictly at the time of the issue of online passes.”
The Kamakhya temple authorities were also asked to arrange the system for the receipt of online applications and the issue of online passes to the devotees. “For the purpose, they will engage skilled operators at their own cost. The online passes will be issued on a time slot basis so that gathering may be controlled at the temple premises at a time. For the purpose the temple authority will issue a maximum of 100 online passes per hour for the devotees and devotees will be allowed to stay a maximum of 15 minutes time at the temple premises,” it added.
The devotees willing to visit the temple would also need to produce a Covid19 negative certificate which was issued to him or her within three days from the application.
Police Authority will check the online passes at the entry point at the Kamakhya Nursery area (at the foothills) before allowing them to proceed.
It added further, “A medical team will be arranged for the devotees and other persons at the entry point at Kamakhya Nursery to test the devotees who have availed online passes and after detection of negative results; devotees will be allowed to proceed to the main temple premises. The temple authority will arrange a holding area near the main temple premises and will gather the devotees there and then allow the devotees to enter the main temple on small batches. Kamakhya temple authority will arrange sanitization of the holding area regularly.”
Besides, shop keepers from whom puja materials will be purchased by the devotees will keep their hand sanitized frequently. The directives also added that while private vehicles of the devotees would be allowed to go up to the temple, commercial vehicles would be regulated by the police.
“No homestays will be allowed at the houses in and around the temple premises for the time being,” the SOP added.
This year, the biggest religious congregation of Ambubachi Mela held at the temple was also canceled due to the Covid situation. Usually in Ambubachi Mela, over 20 lakh people assemble at the temple to worship the goddess.