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Elaborate arrangements for Ambubachi Mela
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, June 17 – The famous Ambubachi Mahotsava of the Shakti shrine, Kamakhya will start from 6.12 am on June 22 with a five-day programme. The doors of the temple will remain closed from 6.12 am on that day till 7 am on June 25.

 According to the Ambubachi Mahotsava Committee sources, the prabritti (beginning) of the festival is scheduled for 6.12.27 am on June 22 and its nibritti (end) is scheduled for 6.35.43 pm on June 25. Devotees observing the rituals of the festival will, however, enter the temple on June 26.

To shelter the pilgrims who will camp atop the Nilachal hillock during the festival period, elaborate arrangements have been made and there will be nine temporary and two permanent sheds to shelter the pilgrims. Besides one temple guest house, residences of some priests (pandas) will also be used to shelter the pilgrims during the festival period.

Hectic work is under way to complete construction of the temporary sheds, install the power supply and water supply network and put the healthcare system in place for receiving the pilgrims who will camp at the hillock besides other visitors.

The Guwahati Municipal Corporation is constructing 200 temporary toilet units, while the festival committee is arranging for 250 such units to cater to the needs of the pilgrims. The Debuttor Board of the temple has 300 permanent toilet units atop the hillock, sources said.

The festival committee expects that around seven lakh devotees will visit the temple this time. Last year, around five lakh devotees visited the temple during the festival, sources said.

To ensure proper security, more CCTV cameras are sought to be installed. The Debuttor Board of the temple has already 64 CCTV cameras installed inside the temple complex.

The festival committee is engaging around 200 local volunteers, besides the cadets of the NCC and Scouts and the State police personnel to maintain law and order during the festival, the sources added.

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