No Ambubachi mela at Kamakhya temple. The next Ambubachi festival at the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati is been postponed for the second year in a row. Following the Covid-19 outbreak. As the event was to start on 22nd this month.
Ambubachi is observed to commemorate the presiding Goddess’s monthly menstruation in Kamakhya when approximately 25 lakh devotees from throughout the nation attend the temple. Kamakhya is one of 51 Shakti Peethas, or sacred locations, dedicated to the Shakti religion. Each of which represents a different bodily portion of Sati, Lord Shiva’s bride. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple contains the yoni – female genital – symbolized by a rock.
Mohit Chandra Sarma, the temple’s chief priest (Bor-Doloi), told TOI. “Severe times need tough choices.” We have decided not to hold the yearly mela due to the potential of the virus spreading further. Even if the government develops a standard operating procedure for arranging the mela, we will remain committed to our choice. While the situation is improving, we do not want to risk anything.”
Declaring that the temple will remain closed until June 30. He also said, “We have chosen to keep the temple closed until June 30”. We would be unable to limit or regulate worshippers if they gathered within the premises after the publication of a new SOP for arranging the mela,” he said.
Additionally, the priest said, “The inhabitants of Nilachal hills rely on the worshippers for their livelihood”. As the event will no held for towyear their income is down to zero. However, the decision was-took in the public interest.”