Devotees were finally permitted to take part in the annual Ambubachi Mela at Assam’s renowned Kamakhya Temple after a two-year absence. The head priest of Maa Kamakhya Devalaya, or “Bor Doloi,” Kabinath Sarma, explained that the “Pravritti” was used to symbolically close the temple doors for four days as part of the rites. The door will be unlocked or Nivriti in the morning of the first day.
- This year, the holiday is being observed in a more subdued manner due to the state’s terrible floods.
- Pallav Gopal Jha, the deputy commissioner for Kamrup Metropolitan, stated that although extensive preparations have been made for the pilgrims visiting the shrine atop the Nilachal Hills in Guwahati, neither private vehicles nor public transportation are permitted.
- Senior persons and devotees with special needs are transported to the top of the hills in vehicles provided by the district administration.
- Below the hills in Pandu Port Camp, Maligaon, and the Old Jail Complex at Fancy Bazar, three tent accommodations with a combined capacity for 30,000 devotees have been built up.
About Ambubachi Mela:
An annual Hindu festival known as the Ambubachi Mela takes place at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. This annual festival is held in the middle of June, when the Brahmaputra River is at its highest flow, during the monsoon season, which also happens to fall within the Assamese month of Ahaar.