Even though the religious places and temples can open from June 8 onwards, the Kamakhya Temple Management Committee, however, has decided to keep the shrine closed till June 30.
Management committee official informed that the decision was taken in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
“Even though the government has allowed the opening of religious places and temples from June 8, however, we don’t want to take any chances,” the official added.
“Since this is the time for the annual Ambubachi Mea and we have already decided to not hold the festival this year, hence we felt keeping the temple close for visitors till June 30 will be the best thing in the interests of public health and safety,” the official added.
“The management committee has decided to keep the temple doors closed even before the commencement of the Ambubachi Mela,” the official added.
The decision to not hold the annual Ambubachi Mela this year was taken last month in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the first time in over six centuries that this annual fair has been cancelled.
Kamakhya is one of 51 shaktipeeths for the followers of the Shakti cult, each representing a body part of the Sati, Lord Shiva’s companion.
The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the yoni – female genital – symbolised by a rock.