Kamakhya Temple closes for Ambubachi Mela
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 19:31
Guwahati: The door of the Kamakhya Temple, seat of the Shakti cult, was closed from today for three days on the occasion of the famed annual Ambubachi Mela, for which elaborate security arrangement was made.

The temple door was closed at midnight and would reopen on at 12 noon on June 26, said Anup Prasad Sarma, Publicity secretary of the Kamakhya Ambubachi Mahotsava Parichalana Samiti.

Sadhus and devotees from all over the country and abroad have descended to temple atop the Nilachal Hills with the district administration making elaborate arrangements to ensure the mela passes off without any untoward incident.

Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner J Balaji said that for security reasons, the Kamakhya Debottar Board has installed 64 CCTVs on the hillock and 34 others have been installed by the district administration.

Four police camps with 70 police officers and 100 constables have been also deployed for the mela.

Sarma said the Debottar Board has 500 active volunteers while the NCC, Civil Defence, Scouts and Guides, have also deployed additional volunteers for the mela.

The Debottar Board and the Joint Director of Health Services of the district have set up two medical camps for the devotees while various NGOs have also set up ten medical camps on the hill.

Ambubachi, also called 'ameti', is associated with the fertility cult of Goddess Kamakhya and is said to mark her annual menstrual cycle.


First Published: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 19:31

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