GUWAHATI: In view of the present scenario of the Covid-19 Pandemic and as per the letter received from the Doloi, MAA Kamakhya Devalaya, dated 10/06/2021, Ambubachi Mela for the year 2021 has been canceled.
Accordingly, lodging and accommodation for the devotees within the premises of Kamakhya Temple will not be allowed to operate until further order.
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 Kamkhya 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.
Earlier, the Kamakhya Devalaya Management Committee has decided not to organize the Ambubachi Mela this year as well.
The Ambubachi is scheduled from June 22-26. Taking the COVID-19 situation in the state into consideration, the Kamakhya Devalaya will remain closed till June 30 for devotees, including sadhus and sanyasis.
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.
The temple authority also said that it will not allow any visitors and pilgrims to visit the temple during the Ambubachi period, and no facility will be provided for food and lodging to any devotees.