Ambubachi Mela 2021: Only Vedic Rituals to be Performed in Kamakhya Temple, Timings Here
"No permission will be granted to any devote or visitor to enter the mandir premises. No mela will organized. Only rituals will be performed," said a temple committee member.
Ambubachi Mela in Kamakhya temple, Guwahati this year will be observed only by performing Vedic rituals due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation, said the temple committee.
Since the last year, the temple committee has to suspend the mela for the deadly pandemic. The rituals will be performed strictly following the COVID-19 norms, the committee said.
Meanwhile, the administration has imposed ban on entering of devotees and visitors in the temple premises.
"No permission will be granted to any devote or visitor to enter the mandir premises during the mela days. No mela will organized. Only rituals will be performed," said a mandir committee member.
The Ambubachi will begin (Pravitti) on June 22 at 02:06:07 pm and will conclude (Nivritti) on June 26 at 02:29:09 am. It is to be noted that, given the COVID situation, no devotee will be allowed to the temple during the Ambubachi.
Earlier, the District Magistrate Kamrup Metropolitan District administration has urged the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati to not allow any devotee/pilgrim coming from other parts of the state (except the residents of the Nilachal hill) to travel uphill of the temple on the above-mentioned dates during the festival period i.e 22/06/2021 to 30/06/2021.
Further, the Station Superintendent, Guwahati and Kamakhya Railway Station has also been directed to take necessary action and are requested to make necessary arrangements so that pilgrim from other parts of the country do not visit the temple on the concerned occasion, due to closure of "MAA Kamakhya Devalaya" and cancellation of "Ambubachi Mela 2021" due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
Notably, if any such passenger arrives, steps will be taken for the return of such pilgrims to their respective destinations.
The temple has been closed since May 13 this year given the surge in COVID-19 cases in the State. In a statement, the temple authority, however, said that only rituals will be performed inside the temple by the priests.