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Nalbari Raas to be in national tourism map: CM

By RAMEN KALITA

NALBARI,Nov 15 - The 83rd annual Raas festival of Nalbari Sri Harimandir premises, a large cultural and spiritual festival of the North east India began here on the fullmoon night of autumn on Monday.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal formally inaugurated the Raas festival on Monday evening. In his speech, Sonowal said that he will take all possible steps to include Nalbari Raas festival in the national tourism map to attract the national and foreign tourists. He also declared a yatri nivas open at Nalbari Hari Mandir for the stay of visitors coming from afar. The Chief Minister added that festivals like Raas have been strengthening the spirit of humanity among the masses.

The meeting presided over by Ashok Sarma was addressed by Rajen Gohain, Union Minister of State for Railway, Dhaneswar Nath, president of Barpeta Road Satra, Jayanta Malla Baruah, former MLA of Nalbari LAC, Ananta Lal Gyani, Deputy Commissioner, Nalbari among others.

The closing ceremony of the Raas festival will be held on November 26 where Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Health and Education will grace the occasion. Earlier, the guests were brought to the Harimandir premises from the Nalbari PWD inspection Bunglow in a colourful cultural procession. The secretary of the Raas Celebration Committee, Manoj Kumar Choudhury said that the committee has taken some special measures to make it attractive to draw the attention of visitors. The artists made and repaired idols and displayed them during the Raas festival. Nearly 83 temporary stalls have been set up where more than 800 idols have been installed depicting different incidents from the eventful life of Lord Krishna. Meanwhile, the whole Nalbari town is wearing a new look with the electric lights and the long queue of visitors leaving no space on the roads of the town.

It may be mentioned here that Raas festival in Nalbari was first celebrated in 1933 with the notable contributions of late Amar Kundu, Naren Basu, Gadamalla Baruah, Dandi Ram Mahajan, Bati Ram Deka, Kirti Thikadar, Padmapani Dutta, Bhairab Chaudhuri among others. They first celebrated Raas Puja at Nalbari Hatkhola in 1933 with a very brief arrangement. Actually they first decided to celebrate the Raas festival in 1931 but later it was cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. However, at that time the Nalbari Raas was celebrated only as a religious function but it later turned into a cultural festival due to the growing attraction of visitors. Though, the Nalbari Raas was held at Purana Hatkhola from 1933 to 1945, it was shifted to the present location after setting up of the Nalbari Harimandir in 1946. The main reason to shift the location was the Purana Hatkhola was very small to accommodate the growing number of visitors.

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Nalbari Raas to be in national tourism map: CM

NALBARI,Nov 15 - The 83rd annual Raas festival of Nalbari Sri Harimandir premises, a large cultural and spiritual festival of the North east India began here on the fullmoon night of autumn on Monday.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal formally inaugurated the Raas festival on Monday evening. In his speech, Sonowal said that he will take all possible steps to include Nalbari Raas festival in the national tourism map to attract the national and foreign tourists. He also declared a yatri nivas open at Nalbari Hari Mandir for the stay of visitors coming from afar. The Chief Minister added that festivals like Raas have been strengthening the spirit of humanity among the masses.

The meeting presided over by Ashok Sarma was addressed by Rajen Gohain, Union Minister of State for Railway, Dhaneswar Nath, president of Barpeta Road Satra, Jayanta Malla Baruah, former MLA of Nalbari LAC, Ananta Lal Gyani, Deputy Commissioner, Nalbari among others.

The closing ceremony of the Raas festival will be held on November 26 where Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Health and Education will grace the occasion. Earlier, the guests were brought to the Harimandir premises from the Nalbari PWD inspection Bunglow in a colourful cultural procession. The secretary of the Raas Celebration Committee, Manoj Kumar Choudhury said that the committee has taken some special measures to make it attractive to draw the attention of visitors. The artists made and repaired idols and displayed them during the Raas festival. Nearly 83 temporary stalls have been set up where more than 800 idols have been installed depicting different incidents from the eventful life of Lord Krishna. Meanwhile, the whole Nalbari town is wearing a new look with the electric lights and the long queue of visitors leaving no space on the roads of the town.

It may be mentioned here that Raas festival in Nalbari was first celebrated in 1933 with the notable contributions of late Amar Kundu, Naren Basu, Gadamalla Baruah, Dandi Ram Mahajan, Bati Ram Deka, Kirti Thikadar, Padmapani Dutta, Bhairab Chaudhuri among others. They first celebrated Raas Puja at Nalbari Hatkhola in 1933 with a very brief arrangement. Actually they first decided to celebrate the Raas festival in 1931 but later it was cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. However, at that time the Nalbari Raas was celebrated only as a religious function but it later turned into a cultural festival due to the growing attraction of visitors. Though, the Nalbari Raas was held at Purana Hatkhola from 1933 to 1945, it was shifted to the present location after setting up of the Nalbari Harimandir in 1946. The main reason to shift the location was the Purana Hatkhola was very small to accommodate the growing number of visitors.