Kamakhya Temple, the internationally-famous Shakti shrine, is ready for the Ambubachi Mela that will get underway on Friday (June 22) with thousands of Hindu sadhus, some of them said to possess mystical and supernatural powers, making a beeline to the Nilachal Hills.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will formally inaugurate this year’s Ambubachi Mela tomorrow evening while the temple doors will be closed for visitors for three days from Friday night during which Mother Goddess Kamakhya is said to undergo her menstrual cycle.
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The annual event will begin with ‘Prabhrity’ at 54 seconds past 9.27pm on Friday while ‘Nibhrity’ will be at 58 seconds past 7.51 am on Tuesday (June 26).
Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made for this year’s Ambubachi with policemen and para-military troopers to be deployed in large numbers for smooth conduct of the fair. Guwahati Police and Kamrup (Metro) district administration are installing nearly 400 CCTV cameras to monitor all activities. 10 laser cameras will also be installed to count the number of visitors.
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and the district administration, meanwhile, have urged people to prefer walking up to the temple although senior citizens and ill people can avail the services of buses and other vehicles to reach the temple.
Restrictions have been imposed on devotees visiting the sacred shakti shrine from 12 midnight to 5 in the morning so that the place can be cleaned for the next day.
More than 200 volunteers will also be engaged to maintain discipline during the fair. The temple premises has also been declared a no-plastic zone and people running food counters have been told to use biodegradable materials.