GUWAHATI, June 18 - Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit said that sattras and namghars, besides being centres of offering pujas and religious preaching, should act as centres for imparting social, cultural and spiritual education to the youth. Attending a religious discourse at Maniari Mahapurushiya Sattra in Kamrup district on the occasion of the 528th birth anniversary of Mahapurush Madhabdeva today, the Governor said the sattras and namghars, which were set up to practise and propagate the teachings of Srimanta Sankaradeva and Madhabdeva, must transform themselves into centres of intellectual stimulation.
Governor Purohit also said that Sankaradeva and Madhabdeva worked for social transformation by discouraging superstitious practices like caste discrimination and worked against social darkness.
Buoyed by the teachings of the two saints, the sattras should act as a catalyst for social transformation and set the agenda for the society to discourage social dogmas. He also called upon the sattradhikars of different sattras to work for empowerment of women and other weaker sections of society.
He also called upon the people to emulate the teachings of Srimanta Sankaradeva and Madhabdeva and create a deterrent against corruption and social and economic evils.
The MLA of Rangiya, Bhabesh Kalita, sattradhikars of different sattras, Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Vinod Seshan and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.