Ambubachi Mela 2018
After much waiting, devotees will get the chance to get the main garbagriha (main sanctum) tomorrow after a huge crowd consisting 11 devotees and tourists thronged the main temple yesterday.
Amidst high security, around 11,51,300 devotees and tourists from across the country as well as abroad have swarmed the Kamakhya Temple on the third day of the annual Ambubachi Mela to offer prayers.
However, to control the gathering on Sunday, the district administration had to restrict the entry of devotees. On Sunday, the highest number of visitors, compared to the past two days, visited the temple.
The devotee counts were made using the sensor at the top of DFMD machine installed at all the entry points of the temple atop the Nilachal Hills.
The Ambubachi Mela, which marks the annual menstruation of the Goddess, began on June 22 with the closing of the temple doors for four days. The doors of the temple will reopen on January 26.
Every year lakhs of pilgrims, starting from sadhus, sanyasins, black-clad Aghoras, khade Babas, Baul, intellectuals and folk tantriks, sadhus and sadhvis with long matter hair and also foreigners come to seek blessings of Goddess Kamakhya.
The Mela is promotes as an integral part of the ‘religious tourism’ by the BJP-led Assam government.
Not only the Kamkakhya temple but all the temples in Assam will remain closed for four days and will reopen on January 26. On the fifth day, the devotees are allowed to enter the temple only after the ‘shuddhi’ or the ritualistic bath of the Devi.
Around 80 ASTC buses are providing free services to the pilgrims. For the senior citizens, including the specially-abled persons and children, 20 Metro taxis are providing services from Kamakhya foothill to the main temple gate.