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A file image of devotes visiting the Kamakhya temple during Ambubachi Mela.

For the first time since 1565, then Ambubachi mela began at the Kamakhya temple on Monday without fanfare.

Ambubachi is a festival marking the annual ‘menstruation’ of Goddess Kamakhya and lakhs of devotees including mendicants and hermits throng the temple premises for four days.

The rituals began on Monday at 7:53 am and would end at 8:16 am on Thursday.

The door of the sanctum sanctorum would be opened for devotees only after the rituals are over, however, without the beginning of the usual menstruation-ending fair.

Even though several temples and places of worship opened in Assam from June 3, the Kamakhya temple, however, was kept closed in view of the spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the state.

A total of 5586 persons had tested positive for COVID-19 till Sunday, out of which 2170 are still active.

So far 11 persons have died of COVID-19 in the state.

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