NALBARI, Sept 20 - Naamghars are considered monuments of cultural heritage and special reforms which have now lost their glory. Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva built naamghars and entrusted them with the responsibility of social reforms about 500 years ago, and people must follow the values of the Vaishnavaite saint to build an ideal society, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
Addressing a religious meeting at the Morowa Utsav Pathar in Nalbari district last evening on the occasion of the 570th birth anniversary of Sankaradeva, the Chief Minister, however, lamented that Assam�s villages were now gripped by superstitions, violence and degradation of cultural values.
Sankaradeva had built naamghars in his bid to light up the society through various cultural reforms, but the Assamese society has remained backward as the people have failed to follow the path shown by the Mahapurush, Sonowal said.
The religious meeting presided over by Surendra Nath Baishya, and was also addressed by Kamalakanta Gogoi, former upapadadhikar of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, Labour and Employment Minister Pallab Lochan Das, Nalbari MLA Ashok Sarma, Barkshetri MLA Narayan Deka, and Nalbari Deputy Commissioner Sanjib Kumar Das.
Gogoi called upon the State Government to urge the Union government to declare the birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankaradeva as a national holiday.