Guwahati: Amid the second wave of the COVID-19 crisis, the Maa Kamakhya Devalaya in Guwahati has decided not to hold Ambubachi Mela for this year. This will be the second consecutive year when Guwahati will not witness the Ambubachi Mela due to the pandemic. 

The decision was taken at a meeting of the temple management authority. However, customary rituals will be performed during the Ambubachi. Ambubachi Mela is regarded one of the major attractions for Assam tourism sec

The Ambubachi Mela which attracts lakhs of domestic and foreign tourists was scheduled to be held in the fourth week of June. 

It was decided on June 4 by the Kamakhya Board of administrations that only priests will perform the rituals for these days and that the festival would be canceled.

Speaking with NewsLive the head priest said,  “We will be conducting the daily nitya puja every day followed by blog and aarti. However, the festival has been suspended due to the COVID-19 scare.”

Located atop the Nilachal Hills, Kamakhya temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths in the country. The Ambubachi Mela is an annual fair that is held at the temple premises is the celebration of the annual mensuration course of the goddess Maa Kamakhya. This celebration attracts lakhs of devotees and pilgrims from all corners of the globe. This is a significant source of revenue for the temple and the state as well.