Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said that devotees from around the country and the world receive Maa Kamakhya’s blessings during Ambubachi Mela.
“The power of these blessings enables them to contribute meaningfully to sustain an environment of peace and harmony in the world,” Sonowal said this while speaking at the inaugural programme of Ambubachi Mela at Sonaram High School Field here.
Sonowal said that all efforts had been taken to sustain the success of last three years’ in organising the Mela on agrand scale.
Urging the people of Guwahati to play the role of hosts like the previous years to make this year’s Ambubachi Mela a grand success, the chief minister said that it was every citizen’s moral obligation to make the visitors feel welcome in the state and enable them to take back good memories of Assam with them.
Union Minister of State (Independent) for tourism and culture Prahlad Singh Patel said that he was fortunate to get the opportunity to attend Ambubachi Mela as the first programme after assuming office and he stressed on the need to explore more prospects for developing tourism in the state taking advantage of vast natural resources.
The four-day festival at the Kamakhya temple begins on Saturday with the temple doors closing at 9 pm and reopening after four days on June 26.
The temple will remain closed to mark the belief that the annual menstrual cycle of Godedess Kamakhya falls Goddess Kamakhya falls during the period and is associated with the fertility cult.