The annual Ambubachi rituals at Assam’s Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati started right now, with monks symbolically closing the doorways of the shrine for 4 days.
Festivities, nevertheless, have been cancelled for the second yr in a row because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and devotees have been barred from assembling wherever close to the temple — one of many 51 Shaktipeethas or Hindu holy websites for the followers of the Shakti cult.
Mohit Chandra Sarma, the pinnacle priest (Bor Doloi) of the shrine, stated all rituals and prayers can be performed in accordance with the norms, and a call about reopening the temple was to be taken in session with the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration.
The administration had earlier introduced that the customary mela or truthful held on the event has been known as off within the wake of the pandemic, and no devotee, pilgrim, seer or vacationer might be allowed to enter or keep on the premises of the Shaktipeetha atop the Nilachal Hills.
Many seers from neighbouring states have arrived in Guwahati over the previous few days. However, none was allowed to go up the hill.
Ambubachi Mela, often known as Ameti or the tantric fertility pageant, is among the many most vital occasions on the state’s tourism calendar, with footfall of round 25 lakh recorded yearly.
The doorways of the temple are closed for 4 days, marking the annual menstrual cycle of Goddess Kamakhya.
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