In view of the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak, the management committee of Maa Kamakhya Devalaya has decided not to organise Ambubachi Mela this year.
Ambubachi Mela is eastern India’s largest religious congregation of the Hindus held in Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal hills in Guwahati.
Amid lockdown imposed across the country in view of COVID19 pandemic, the Maa Kamakhya Devalaya management committee on Wednesday had a meeting to discuss the issue of Ambubachi Mela.
After the meeting the Doloi of Maaa Kamakhya Devalaya issued a notification in which the committee has stated about its decision not to hold the Ambubachi Mela.
Through the notification, the residents of Kamakhya and the landlords of the rented houses were told that “due to the situation in the country arising out of global outbreak of coronavirus it has been decided to hold only the religious rituals of Ambubachi Mela this year”.
“Therefore no one should make arrangement for lending house on rent for Ambubachi Mela,” the notification said.
Confirming the decision of the Maa Kamakhya Devalaya management, temple sources said another meeting will be held on Thursday where the issues regarding the Ambubachi Mela will be discussed.
Every year, lakhs of devotees belonging to the Shakti sect of Hinduism from across the country and abroad participate in the Ambubachi Mela.
The mela is celebrated during the monsoon season that happens to fall during the Assamese month Ahaar, around the middle of June when sun transits to the zodiac of Mithuna.
This is the celebration of the yearly menstruation course of goddess Kamakhya, the Mother Shakti.