BARPETA, March 4 � Holi, the festival of the colour began from today in Barpeta which is also known as Satranagari.
The Rising Club one of the socio-cultural organisation of Barpeta organised Bate Bate Holi a competition on Holi songs in the street today morning. The competition began on the entrance of Barpeta Satra and ended in the club campus after moving about two kilometer. Thousands of people across the road witnessed the competition.
In the male section Burha Gosai Holi Dal, BH College and Dalahati Jubak Sangha won the first, second and third prize respectively. Nahati Holigeet Dal, Burha Gosai Milijuli Mahila Dal and Monalisa Das�s group won the laurels in the women�s category. In individual events Kaushik Das was adjudged best in dhol recital while Bikash Das was the best in chambal. Meghdeep Deury and Minati Das were the best Pathak and Pathakani respectively.
The festival in the famous Barpeta Satra began with the Gondh or Bahnutsava in the evening. People from all walks of life from the Haatis and its neighbouring areas thronged the Satra campus since afternoon to have a glimpse at their revered deities.
Doul Gobinda and Kalia Thakur were brought out of the Manikut or Bhajghar of the Satra and performed the Adhibasha keeping them on the Barsarai of the forecourt of the Math. Gayan Bayan performed eight Borgeet comprising Ahir, Lalit, Barari, Mallasi, Basanta, Kamad, Mallar and Bhairabi Raga. The idols were then erected in the Jagmohan Griha after rounded them for seven times encircling the Meji built by Nal Ikara brought by the devotees of twenty two Haati of the Satra. As the Meji lights exhibition of fireworks manufactured by local artisans illuminates the full moon day sky.
The next three days will be observed here as Bhar Doul. Devotees will offer prayer to Doul Gobinda and Kalia Gosai during the three days while normal religious rituals of the Satra will continue. Suweri will be observed on March 8.