GAURIPUR, June 15 - Jinkata Rajahuwa Satra established 50 years back and situated along the Indo-Bangladesh and Assam-North Bengal border and 45 km away from Gauripur wears a deserted look due to lack of infrastructure development on almost all fronts.
After construction of the Guru temple at Madhupur Satra in the district of Coochbehar in 1964, the �sevakis� of Jinkat and Kherbari decided to establish a satra at Jinkata. Late Lambodhar Bhakat of the area donated a plot of land and in presence of Late Lakshmikanta Atai, the satradhikar of Madhupur Satra, Jinkata Satra was established on the auspicious day of Maghi Purnima in 1967 in presence of hundreds of �sevakis� of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva and Late Umesh Chandan Atai was nominated as the Satradhikar. Under the leadership of the Satradhikar, the Satra was running smoothly for nearly six years. In 1973 Umesh Chandra Atai died and the Satra was running for nearly twenty years. In 1973 Umesh Chandra Atai died and the Satra was functioning for nearly 20 years without a satradhikar and remained neglected.
On April 4, 1994, the people of the area nominated Late Pona Ram Rajmedhi as the satradhikar of the Satra. Late Rajmedhi was an inhabitant of the district of Sivasagar. During the period of his tenure as Satradhikar, the naamghar, bahaghar etc., were renovated. After his death, Jitendra Nath Prodhani, Satradhikar of Shri Shri Dham Ram Raikuthi Satra was nominated as the satradhikar of Jinkata Rajkhuwa Satra on January 26, 2016. Jitendra Nath Prodhani is the president of Asam Satra Mahasabha and the Satradhikar of Shri Shri Dham Ram Raikuthi Satra and therefore he finds it difficult to look after the affairs of the Jinkata Rajahuwa Satra.
The satra is situated in five bigha campus of donated land. It has boundary walls on the south and west but in the north and east it is unprotected. The entire premises of the satra is seen covered by wild creepers. The 120 feet long and 60 feet wide naamghar is standing but the adjacent manikut remains incomplete. The natghar situated in the eastern part remains half-done for the last several decades. The gurugriha is in a dilapidated condition. There is no provision of guest house, no running water, the lavatories are beyond description and the daulgriha is also in a poor state.
The people of the area told this correspondent that the State Government has not sanctioned any grant-in-aid to run the satra. The only source of income of the satra is the eight bighas of donated agricultural land, which is some distance away from the campus.
Recently the local MLA visited the satra and sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for construction of the Natghar but other development remains unattended.
A new managing committee has been formed with Sukumar Bhakat and Gopal Chandra Bhakat as president and secretary respectively. The former president Kamaleswar Bhakat told this correspondent that every year on the foundation day, tithis of Sankaradeva and Madhabdeva, Janmastami, Douljatra etc., are celebrated but with its limited resources, it is not possible to run the satra in a well-planned manner. The �sevakis� of the entire area have urged the Government to come forward and help the satra with necessary grant-in-aid so that it can flourish and undertake measures for widespread publicity of the Vaishnavite culture and traditions in the western part of the State.