Kamakhaya temple wears a deserted look on day 1 of Ambubachi festival. Temple priests performed Ambubachi rituals at the temple compound. Unlike the previous years, the vibrant Ambubachi Mela donned a deserted look at Kamakhya temple. (Image: Tulika Devi/News18)
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest religious congregation at Kamakhaya atop Nilachal Hills is cancelled this year. Only priests will perform religious rituals in the premises for the next four days and the main temple door will remain shut following the religious belief of annual menstruation cycle of Goddess Kamakhya. (Image: Tulika Devi/News18)
The Kamakhya temple is one of the 51 important Shakti Peeths of Hindu religion and Ambubachi Mela normally sees lakhs of domestic and foreign pilgrims every year which is a significant revenue source for the temple and the state. (Image: Tulika Devi/News18)
More than 30lakh devotees visit at Kamakhya Temple during these four days.
This year silence has gripped Kamakhya Devalaya as rituals related to Ambubachi. Following the timing, the main gate was closed at 7.53.15 am (pravritti) on Monday (June 22) and the ceremony will conclude (Nivritti) on June 25 (Thursday) at 8.16.55 pm. The temple priests will take only fruits and will perform the daily ritual outside the 'garvagriha'. The main door will open on 26th June morning for regular puja. (Image: Tulika Devi/News18)