RANGIYA, Jan 28 - �The teachings and ideals of all the mahapurushas of Assam contributed greatly in formation of ideal societies in the State.�
The above was opined by Governor Prof Jagadish Mukhi while addressing the �Aariya Prajwalan� ceremony of Balisatra Satsanghi Sattra Sabha Mahotsava at Balisatra village here on Friday.
Satras and naamghars set up by the Mahapurushas like Sri Sri Haridev, Srimanta Sankaradeva, Sri Sri Madhavadeva and Sri Sri Damodardev have played a revolutionary role in checking social, religious and other stigmas prevailing nearly 500 years back in the then societies of undivided Assam, opined Governor Mukhi.
Addressing a massive audience, he added that the preachings and teachings of the religious and social reformers greatly contributed in curbing the evils of untouchabilty, blind faith and the like, which engulfed people�s lives during the days of yore.
�In successive years, disciples of the mahapurushas had been spreading and preaching the latters� ideals through institutions like Balisatra here, besides at Majuli, Barpeta and other places. Ideals and values taught by them eventually strengthen the very bond of fraternity and onenes, observed Prof Mukhi.
The Governor assured the people of Balisatra that he would sincerely look into their grievances, including promotion of Digipaar area of the locality into a tourist spot, besides other issues after being handed over a memorandum on behalf of the people of the locality by the Satradhikar of Balisatra Satsanghi Satra, Rabindranath Goswami.
Subsequently, the Governor visited the main Sabha site where hundreds of devotees lit their aariya (earthen lamps). Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kumar Baishya, local MLA of Hajo, Suman Haripriya,Circle Officer of Kayan, Nayana Bora, besides other distinguished and invited guests were also present.
Satras reform society: �The satras have played a very significant role in reforming and moulding our society through the blessings, teachings and ideals of our religious gurus. We can look forward to an overall holistic development and our minds and souls will only become ideal if we look at the world with the same holistic approach under the blessings and spiritual teachings of the guru� Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said while inaugurating the Gopal Mandir main entrance of the historic Balisatra Satsangi Satra Sabha Mahotsava at Balisatra under the Rangiya subdivision here amidst a mammoth gathering of religious people.
The Chief Minister pointing out to the religious festivities and events are the greatest encouragement for attaining peace and brotherhood said that the satras have been playing a pivotal role in opposing blind faith, prejudices and other stigmas plaguing our society through their moral value-based teachings. �We should be spiritually god fearing and always strive to develop ourselves with the great teachings of our gurus and Satras having knowledge on our culture, custom and the societal norms from the past.
Pointing to Assam Government initiatives with schemes for the benefit of all our unemployed youths and others, he said that there are a lot of opportunities for fishery, dairy etc., for our youths in this this corner of the State. The Chief Minister also highlighted the salient progress made under several people-friendly schemes opted by the Government in the State. The programme was attended by Suman Haripriya, local MLA, Hajo, Bhabesh Kalita, local MLA, Rangiya, Satyabrat Kalita, local ML A Kamalpur, freedom fighter Krishna Lahkar, ATDC Vice Chairman Nabadeep Talukdar, besides other invites and dignitaries. Earlier, Sonowal expressed happiness over the proposal to install an idol of former Satradhikaar of Balisatra Satra late Brindaban Goswami here and urged to extend all possible support from govt end after necessary project is prepared. Balisatra Sabha would conclude on Jan 30.