Guwahati: In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis's second wave, the Maa Kamakhya Devalaya in Guwahati has chosen not to organise the Ambubachi Mela this year. Because to the epidemic, Guwahati will miss the Ambubachi Mela for the second year in a row.
The decision was made in a meeting of the temple administration authorities. During the Ambubachi, however, traditional ceremonies will be conducted. Ambubachi Mela is recognised as one of the most important tourist attractions in Assam. The Ambubachi Mela, which attracts tens of thousands of local and foreign tourists, was set to take place in the fourth week of June.
Due to the epidemic, the Mela was also cancelled last year.
Every year, tens of thousands of devotees and tourists go to the Mela, which takes place during the four days when the Temple is closed.
The Kamakhya Board of Administrations determined on June 4 that only priests would execute the rites for these days and that the festival would be cancelled.
In an interview with NewsLive, the head priest stated, "Every day, we will perform the daily nitya puja, followed by blog and aarti." The festival, however, has been cancelled owing to the COVID-19 scare."
Kamakhya temple, located atop the Nilachal Hills, is one of the country's 51 Shakti Peeths. The Ambubachi Mela is an annual festival conducted on the temple grounds to commemorate the goddess Maa Kamakhya's yearly mensuration course. This festival draws tens of thousands of believers and pilgrims from all over the world. This is an important source of money for both the temple and the government.
The Ambubachi will begin on June 22 and will last four days, during which time worship will be suspended and temple doors will be locked as the Mother Goddess is said to go through her annual menstrual cycle.