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Ambubachi Mela gets under way from today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 21 - Lakhs of devotees from both India and abroad will gather in the city for the Ambubachi Mela, which starts tomorrow.

Officials in the Kamrup Metro district administration said that all arrangements have been completed for holding of a successful Mela, which will continue till June 26.

A large number of devotees and pilgrims have already gathered in the city and more are expected over the next few days.

Police officials said that a security plan has also been put in place to ensure that no untoward incidents take place during the Mela.

Over 300 CCTV cameras have been installed on the Mela premises, including at the Kamakhya Temple and at all the camps. The security plan includes road patrolling, river patrolling and air surveillance.

A total of five camps at Kamakhya Railway Station, Old Pandu Railway Station, Sonaram Field, Nahorbari and Bangshi Bagan have been set up for accommodation of devotees. Apart from these camps, a temporary shelter has also been constructed at Basistha.

Additional District Magistrates and Executive Magistrates, along with officials from various departments, have been designated in each camp for smooth functioning of the camp activities.

A total of 19 bhandaras have been allocated specific locations within the camps for providing food to devotees and 12 Food Security Officers and 12 chemists have been deployed.

ASTC will provide 80 new Star Ultra buses to carry pilgrims up to Kamakhya Dham during Ambubachi Mela every day from June 21 to June 26 from different pilgrim camps.

The APDCL has been instructed to ensure uninterrupted power supply at the Mela.

Control rooms have been set up at all the camps as well as in the DC�s office here.

Doctors and paramedics have been deputed in each camp and toilets and bathrooms have been constructed by the Public Health and Engineering department for devotees.

Volunteers have been deployed to help devotees at the Kamakhya Temple as well as in all the camps.

Governor PB Acharya, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and others have extended their greetings on the eve of the Ambubachi Mela.

Temple timings: Doors of the Kamakhya temple will be closed for the devotees from 7.02 am tomorrow with the beginning of the festival. The ritual for closing the doors is called prabriti. On the other hand, as part of the nibhriti ritual, doors would be opened at 7.26 pm on June 25. Devotees would be able to get the darshan from 7 am on June 26, said the Bor Doloi of the Kamakhya Devalaya, Kabindra Sarma.

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