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App to keep tabs on temple

- Users can download for free

Guwahati, June 4: An engineer from Assam has developed a mobile application to keep people up-to-date with events at Kamakhya temple here and its famous Ambubachi mela, that attracts thousands to the Nilachal hills.

A US-based software company, Clearwin Technologies Private Limited, owned by Assamese engineer Vavani Sarmah, has developed the mobile application, using which people across the globe can remain updated on the events in the temple and during Ambubachi mela.

“All you need is to a mobile phone loaded with Android operating system. People can either go to the Google Playstore or log on to the Kamakhya temple website (www.kamakhyatemple.org) to download the application. It will keep you providing information about the opening and closing times of the temple door, aarti, pujas as well as events taking place at Kamakhya. We had developed and released the application last year on an experimental basis and now it is ready for free download ahead of the Ambubachi mela,” systems manager of the company’s Guwahati unit Manoj Sarma told The Telegraph.

The Ambubachi mela will begin this year on June 22 and conclude on June 28.

“User can also share events and news about the temple on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. There is an option by clicking which people can get details on how to donate to the temple fund. They will get the account number as well as the different ways of donation,” Sarma said.

Kamakhya is an ancient shaktipeeth atop Nilachal hills here and an important destination for pilgrims not only from across the country but abroad.

The Ambubachi mela, that observes the annual menstrual cycle of Goddess Kamakhya, attracts many researchers and tantric worshippers from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Nepal and Bangladesh, among others. Around four lakh people had visited the temple last year.

Vavani Sarmah, a software engineer, originally hailing from Mangaldoi in Darrang district, is now based in Washington and his company had voluntarily developed the Kamakhya temple website for its promotion. “We could add more features in the application and it can be used for promotion of the temple for tourism purposes. We are ready to join hands with government agencies like the tourism department in this regard,” Manoj Sarma said.

The Assam government had started a project last year to promote religious tourism including the Kamakhya temple and the mela and started providing free transport and lodging to pilgrims during the mela.

This year, too, it will provide similar facilities to pilgrims.