The yearly Ambubachi Mela will be celebrated from 23 June 2011 for three days in Kamakhya temple on the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, Assam. This mela is celebrated every year during Assamese month ‘Ahar’ when it is believed that goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya, the Mother Shakti, goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time.
Lakhs of pilgrims from all over India visit Kamakhya temple during this mela. This year too, more than 12 lacs people are expected to visit during Ambubachi Mela, as per Guwahati Metro district administration.
GMC Commissioner Anurag Goel said that 220 temporary latrines were being installed at the site to prevent defecation in the open. “There will also be 24-hour drinking water supply provided through 200 taps besides clearance of garbage at regular intervals for which mini rocket machines and adequate number of dustbins have been put up,” he said, adding that the entire stretch of the road leading to the temple would have enough streetlights.
“The Mela is entirely our responsibility, and we will see to it that it passes off in a hygienic ambience,” he said.
City Senior Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepak Choudhury said that there would be round-the-clock vigilance and monitoring in and around the temple involving four companies of armed forces.
“We have divided the entire area into 11 sectors for foolproof security and our officers and personnel will be there to man the area in eight-hour shifts with at least ten persons in each shift. There will also be volunteers from the Debutter Board as well as civil defence personnel,” he said.
Choudhury said that a 24-hour helpline telephone number would be there besides the regular ‘dial-100’ police control number where any person could inform the police about any problem.
There will also be close-circuit cameras for thorough monitoring of the situation during the festive days.
There will be some traffic restrictions for the occasion which would be made public in a couple of days, Choudhury said.
Source : Assam Tribune