statesman news service
GUWAHATI,  22 JUNE: Ambubachi mela, also known as the ‘Mahakumbh of the east’, starts today in the Kamakhya temple atop the Nilachal hills in the city.
Thousands of devotees have already arrived in Assam from across the country to participate in the four-day Hindu festival. Dedicated to goddess Durga or Shakti, the Kamakhya temple is regarded as one of the most sacred Shaktipeeths in India. The main temple was shut at noon today as belief has it that it’s the hour of the goddess’ annual menstruation. After the ritual, Prabriti, the temple doors were closed at 12:15 p.m. They will be reopened at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday after the ritual of Nibriti, said an office bearer of the Kamakhya Debuttar Board, the administrative wing of the temple.
Assam police have posted nearly 1,400 personnel in the temple campus for security reasons. Around 100 CCTV cameras have already been installed in the temple premises to keep an eye on the visitors. Necessary arrangements for food, drinking water, temporary shelter and sanitation have also been made so that the festival can function smoothly.