GUWAHATI: The formal inauguration of the Ambubachi Mela 2019 will be held at the Sonaram Field on 21st June, here in Guwahati. Higher officials from the Kamrup Metropolitan District administration and Tourism Department, Government of Assam are supervising the preparations at all the camps and at the Sonaram Field. The Ambubachi Mela 2019 will start from 22nd June at the Kamakhya Temple campus.
Talking to News Live, Jayanta Malla Baruah, Chairman, Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited said, “We are expecting a rise of 20 to 30 per cent in devotees’ number this time. So, we have made the arrangements accordingly. Last year in 2018, our ledger counting was around 20 lakh (20,00,000) devotees. This year, we have made arrangements for over 25 lakh (25,00,000) devotees as we expect this number.”
Ambubachi Inaugural Function on 21st June
“The Ambubachi Mela inaugural function will be held here in Sonaram Field on 21st June. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Government of India will be there for the inaugural function. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state tourism minister and other guests and devotees will be there during the function that will start at around 4 PM. A cultural programme will be held in the evening at 7 PM where famous popular singer Kailash Kher will perform Devi Vandana. I believe the inaugural function will witness a huge gathering of people and devotees,” stated Jayanta Malla Baruah.
Seven-Day Devi Bhagwati Katha
“From 22nd June to 28th June a Devi Bhagwat Katha has been organised where Sadhvi Aditi Bharti will tell the Katha. It is a seven-day programme and like in the past, around five to six thousand devotees will be there to listen to the Bhagwati Katha. We have made the arrangements keeping the number of people in mind,” said the Chairperson.
Three Walking Routes to Kamakhya Temple
“Though we have set up four camps this time we have increased the capacity of these camps. The only important thing we are trying is that everyone should walk to the Kamakhya Temple premises from the starting gate. We have improved the three, old walking treks that lead to the temple with ample facilities along the route. Railings have been erected and there are resting points, water points, and public amenities on the way to the temple. Proper lighting throughout the routes has been done. Also, this time, devotional music will be played along the way to the temple for the devotees at the Kamakhya Hills,” informed Jayanta Malla Baruah.