Security has been Beefed up for 'Ambubachi Mela': Guwahati Police Commissioner

Security has been Beefed up for 'Ambubachi Mela': Guwahati Police Commissioner

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Guwahati, June 10, 2019:

Devotees are all set to throng the age-old Kamakhya temple in Guwahati by the thousands during the upcoming 'Ambubachi Mela' which is one of the biggest Hindu festivals held in the Northeast.

As anticipation mounts ahead of the upcoming 'Mela', there is also a sense of worry as the security scenario in the State is uncertain in the aftermath of the 'ULFA blast' which rocked the Zoo Road locality of Assam.

Talking to Inside Northeast, Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar has said that the security measures have been beefed up ahead of the 'mela' in order to ensure the safety of revellers.

"Extra security is being deployed, strong measures are being taken to ensure the safety and security of people, and we are doing our best to ensure that no untoward situation takes places", he said.

About 'Ambubachi Mela':

The Ambubachi is a ritual observed with “Tantrik means”. It is believed that the presiding goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya, the Mother Shakti, goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time stretch.

During the Ambubachi Mela in Guwahati, the doors of the Kamakhya Temple remain closed for three days. It is believed that the Mother Earth becomes unclean for three days. During this time any kind of farming work is not taken on. Daily worships and other religious performances are also stopped during the Ambubachi Mela of Guwahati in Assam.

After the completion of three days, the doors of the Kamakhya Temple are reopened. But the doors of the temple are reopened only after Devi Kamakhya is bathed and the other rituals are executed. It is then believed that the Mother Earth has retrieved her purity. This is purely a ritual of the Tantrik cult.

The Ambubachi Mela in Guwahati is held at the Kamakhya Temple, after being closed for the mentioned three days. On the fourth day, the devotees of the Goddess are allowed to enter the temple for worshipping Devi Kamakhya.

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Edited By: Admin
Published On: Jun 11, 2019