KALAIGAON, Nov 23 - Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Ranjit Kumar Dass along with his wife visited the historic Borengajuli Sankardev Satra at Dimakuchi near the Indo-Bhutan border in Udalguri district on November 20 to seek divine blessings from the Satradhikar Ata Hare Krishna Deb Mahanta.
People of Dimakuchi area welcomed the Speaker and other distinguished guests with naam-prasanga. Speaker Dass lit the ceremonial lamps which was followed by Thiya Naam performed by the artistes of the Satra.
While participating in an interactive session with prominent people of Udalguri district, Dass exchanged his views with the Satradhikar. The Satra, it may be mentioned, was established in 1952 near a remote Indo-Bhutan border village inhabited mostly by Adivasis, Bodos and Nepali-speaking people who were reportedly inspired by Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha.
It may be pertinent to add here that Satradhikar Harekrishna Deb Mahanta has already established 27 satras across the State by dedicating his life to spreading the culture and tradition of Vaishnavism. On the occasion, Dass remarked that people like Satradhikar Harekrishna Deb Mahanta should be conferred the Sankardev Award by the State Government.
Former Udalguri Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar (presently Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta district) accompanied the Speaker. He too spoke a few words on the occasion and thanked Satradhikar Deb Mahanta for working hard to unite all the communities in the remote India-Bhutan border. Kamali Basumatari, MLA of Paneri LAC and Sadhana Hojai, Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri also attended the interactive session.
The satradhikar subsequently thanked all the guests for visiting the Satra. He utilised the occasion to specially thank the local people, including Bodo, Adivasi and Nepali communities for supporting him during trying times.