NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Oct 9 - The 571st birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankaradeva, the 16th century Vaishnavite saint who founded the unitary Eka Sarana Naam Dharma in Assam inculcating all its cultural embodiments, were celebrated with great devotion and religious fervour across Lakhimpur district on Tuesday.
A four-day event was organised from Sunday onwards at 27 Khelia Bor Naamghar in Banhpati, Azad near North Lakhimpur. The event was organised by people from 24 nearby villages turning the entire area into a solemn abode. On the third day of the event on Tuesday, naam prasanga and recitation of Guru Charita was performed at the venue. An open session was organised to mark the event in the afternoon of the penultimate day where the chief editor of news channel Pratidin Times, Nitumani Saikia attended as the appointed speaker. Chaired by the Satradhikar of Sri Sri Batadrava Satra, Bishnu Dev Goswami, a discussion was held on the relevance of philosophy of Sankaradeva in present times. A bhaona was also staged in the evening of Tuesday night.
In Dhakuakhana subdivision, the abirbhava tithi of Srimanta Sankaradeva was celebrated in the naam ghars of every village from Sunday onwards. Procession of �Bhagawata� was carried out through the main road of the subdivisional headquarter Dhakuakhana on Tuesday where people offered their reverence towards the holy book. Cultural programmes and competitions on Borgeet recitation, Khol playing were also organised. Similar programmes were also organised in Panigaon, Nowboicha, Bihpuria and Narayanpur.