No Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya Amid COVID-19

The much-awaited Amubachi Mela will not be celebrated this time keeping in view the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases. The Kamakhya temple will see a deserted look this year during the Ambubachi which will start at 7:53 AM on June 22 and will end on June 25 at 8:16 PM.

The temple doors will be closed from June 22 to June 25 during the Ambubachi which is celebrated during the annual menstrual cycle of Maa Kamakhya.

Unlike the other years, this year temple authority will not allow any visitors and pilgrims to visit the temple during Ambubachi as the state along with the rest of the country is going through a tough period amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision has been taken by the ‘Dolois’ (priests) that only the rituals and prayers associated with the festival would be performed by them.

The temple authority will also not allow any sadhus to visit the temple or the nearby areas to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing a press conference at the temple premises, the temple authority said that the route from Kamakhya Gate to the temple will be closed so that no pilgrims could gather in and around the temple premises.

It has also been said that no NGOs or social organizations could set up temporary camps or bhandars for the people. “Only permanent pandas or priests will be allowed inside the temple premises,” said the authority.

The temple reopens on the fifth day when devotees throng the place of worship to seek the blessings of the Goddess.

The occasion witnesses around 25 lakh footfalls from all over the country and abroad every year.

The Kamakhya temple was closed for devotees since March 20 due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent nationwide lockdown.

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