Guwahati, June 13, 2019
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) has set a budget of Rs 1.36 crore for the ensuing Ambubachi Mela and it is expecting over 25 lakh devotees in the Mela which will be held at the Kamakhya temple here starting from June 22nd to June 26th, 2019.
Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will attend the inauguration ceremony which will be held at the Sonaram Higher Secondary School playground on June 21st, 2019.
The ATDC and state Tourism Department have already started publicity of the Mela in other states like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as devotees from these states are expected to visit the Mela according to previous records.
This year, to control the huge gathering of people and to avoid accidents, the plying of vehicles will be strictly restricted during the Mela days. Help Desks will be set up at prime locations across the state like railway stations, airports and others.
Popular folk and classical singer and Padma Shri awardee, Kailash Kher will enthral the devotees on the inauguration ceremony of the Mela. Devi Bhagawat Path will be performed during the evening hours of Mela days by Sadbhi Aditi Bharati and Dibyajyoti Sangstha.
It may be mentioned, Ambubachi Mela celebrates the annual menstruation cycle of Hindu Goddess Kamakhya, one of the 51 Shakti Peeths and is celebrated every year during the monsoon season. Ambubachi Mela is also known as Mahakumbha of the East.
The door of the temple will remain closed from June 22nd, 2019 to mark the annual menstruation of the goddess at Kamakhya temple. The door will open on June 26th, 2019 morning.