The Nilachal Hills wears a deserted look on Ambubachi which was started on Monday morning. The Ambubachi which is celebrated annually during the middle of June has not witnessed any pilgrims, sadhus, or visitors in the Kamakhya temple this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ambubachi started at 7:53 AM today and will conclude on June 25 at 8.16 PM. During this period of four days, the temple doors closed in all temples across the state which is marked as the annual menstrual cycle of Goddess Kamakhya.
Lakhs of pilgrims visited the Kamakhya temple during these days every year. Visitors from across the world visit the temple to seek blessings from Maa Kamakhya and it is a sheer belief of the people that if one visits the temple during these days their wishes are fulfilled.
This year, the Devalaya authorities have restricted the visitors or pilgrims to visit the temple in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The pandas of the temple will perform the rituals within the temple premises but will not allow any pilgrims to visit the temple. This year, the authorities have also restricted from conducting any mela during the days which used to happen every year.
This is the first time in history that the Nilachal Hills wears a deserted look during the Ambubachi.