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15 lakh devotees visited Ambubachi Mela

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 27 � Around 15 lakh devotees thronged the Nilachal Hill during the days of the Ambubachi Mela. On the last day of the holy occasion on Sunday, several lakh devotees visited the shrine, with darshan continuing till 8 pm.

The doors of the Kamakhya temple atop the Nilachal Hill, which were closed since the dusk of June 22, were re-opened on Sunday.

While the exact time of the nibritti was 12:23:10 pm, the doors were opened at 6 am as per provisions of tantra.

Ambubachi Mahotsav organizing secretary Anup Prasad Sarma said that there had been some mismanagement on the part of the administration during the days of the festivities. He said that while permits of additional 30 Trekkers was given by police, the Trekker operators fleeced the commuters by charging Rs 10 extra in addition to the actual fare of Rs 15.

Sarma said that the Guwahati Municipal Corporation's cleaning arrangements for the mela also left a lot to be desired. �The medical camps run by both the administration and NGOs did not function round the clock,� he said.

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15 lakh devotees visited Ambubachi Mela

GUWAHATI, June 27 � Around 15 lakh devotees thronged the Nilachal Hill during the days of the Ambubachi Mela. On the last day of the holy occasion on Sunday, several lakh devotees visited the shrine, with darshan continuing till 8 pm.

The doors of the Kamakhya temple atop the Nilachal Hill, which were closed since the dusk of June 22, were re-opened on Sunday.

While the exact time of the nibritti was 12:23:10 pm, the doors were opened at 6 am as per provisions of tantra.

Ambubachi Mahotsav organizing secretary Anup Prasad Sarma said that there had been some mismanagement on the part of the administration during the days of the festivities. He said that while permits of additional 30 Trekkers was given by police, the Trekker operators fleeced the commuters by charging Rs 10 extra in addition to the actual fare of Rs 15.

Sarma said that the Guwahati Municipal Corporation's cleaning arrangements for the mela also left a lot to be desired. �The medical camps run by both the administration and NGOs did not function round the clock,� he said.