GUWAHATI: After a niche of two years due to the pandemic, the annual Ambubachi Mela, the most important congregation of devotees within the northeast, is about to return from June 22 to June 26 as all Covid-related restrictions have been withdrawn from the state.
However the greatest fear for the clergymen on the temple is a doable catastrophic scenario if the gatherings go unrestricted.
A gathering was held between the representatives of the Kamakhya Devalaya and Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration right here on Thursday, the place the previous urged the administration to limit lodging in mega camps, free meals distribution and authorities sponsored journey for devotees in trains to attenuate the variety of guests.
“Ambubachi mustn’t turn into a Covid hotspot and trigger an infection once more in a state the place there are virtually no Covid circumstances now. If the administration decides to construct mega lodging camps like earlier years, it might have a catastrophic affect as a result of lots of of devotees from completely different states keep right here,” Kabindra Sarma, doloi (head priest) of the Kamakhya Devalaya informed TOI. Free distribution of meals, organized by varied trusts, is one other concern for the temple authority.
In 2019, about 25 lakh folks attended the Ambubachi mela, which was the best within the historical past of the pageant. At the same time as giant crowds thronged temples within the metropolis in current weeks throughout varied festivals, the devotees have been largely from Assam. Pilgrims from a number of north Indian states, the place the Covid scenario continues to be a priority, throng town throughout Ambubachi.
The clergymen stated the devotees can pray from their properties as prasad and raktabastra can be despatched by way of courier service to them. Sources within the district administration stated a call on proscribing the motion of devotees was not taken at Thursday’s assembly and one other assembly is prone to be held quickly.
Final 12 months throughout Ambubachi, the state authorities had mulled over imposing lockdown-like restrictions in a number of districts to convey the second wave below management. Regardless of strict vigil by safety personnel across the Nilachal hills, many sadhus and devotees had camped on the foothills of Kamakhya.
The temple belief and Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration had cancelled the Ambubachi mela within the final two years, apart from the rituals. Nonetheless, they may not cease the sadhus from coming to Kamakhya. Ambubachi is the celebration of the annual menstrual cycle of the presiding goddess Kamakhya.

Supply hyperlink