Guwahati: After months of being under lock and key, the Kamakhya Temple is likely to reopen on September 24 for devotees. This is as per an order issued by Kamrup Metropolitan District Administration on September 21.
The auspicious Shakti Peeth has remained closed ever-since the nationwide lockdown which was announced in March. The lockdowns also hampered the celebration of the yearly Ambubashi festival, which brings in huge pools of devotees all around the globe.
There are also various guidelines issued to regulate the gatherings in the temple.
The first being that only 500 devotees will be allowed per day to enter the Temple complex. Additionally, the Kamakhya Temple management committee will also arrange online passes for the devotees based on the applications given by them. The authorities stated that they will arrange the system for the receipt of online applications and issuing of online passes to the devotees. Hence they also stated that they on their own cost will engage skilled operators.
Keeping in mind the fact that the temple devotees often gather in huge numbers, the online passes will be issued on a time slot basis. Temple authorities will issue a maximum of 100 online passes per hour and the devotees will be allowed to stay inside the temple premise for 15 minutes.
Moreover, upon receiving the online applications, the committee will insist on the showcasing of a medical certificate showing COVID-19 negative results. The results have to be issued during the last three days. Additionally, the operators of the online system can charge a minimum amount from the devotees if they desire so.
A medical team will also be arranged for the devotees and others at the entry point at Kamakhya Nursery, to test the devotees who have applied for online passes. Only after the detection of negative results will they be allowed to proceed to the main premises. This is however unnecessary for those who can furnish a test result that was carried within the last three days. At the entrance of the main temple complex, devotees will be checked by a thermal scanner and will also be sanitised. Even the shopkeepers are asked to maintain sanitisation.
Last but not the least, no homestays will be allowed at the houses in and around the temple premises for the time being. This entire arrangement will be in place till the COVID-19 containment process initiated by the State Government is continued.
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