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Spiritual conglomeration at Dakhinpat Satra

By Pankaj borthakur

MAJULI, March 21 � Flanked by vast green meadows with the cacophony of birds on the bank of the receding Brahmaputra, the centuries-old spiritual centre and a pilgrims� place, Dakhinpat Satra of Majuli is all set to welcome over 25,000 young devotees of the northeast-region and many other parts of the country to its premises where a spiritual workshop would be held from Mach 26-29 by the satra�s �Adhyatmik Yuva Sanmilan.�

According to the organisers, adequate accommodation has been arranged for several thousand young girls and boys, of all religions, castes, creeds and culture, above the age group of 15, who have already given their consent for participating in the four-day programme of yoga, self-awareness through slokas of the Gita, conservation of environment and the importance of spiritualism in day-to-day life.

�Along with a team of the Art of Living (Bangalore), Bihar School of Yoga will provide training to the participants. Besides, many other programmes like spiritual lectures, interactions, music have been also included in the agenda,� said one of the organisers, Dwipen Sajati.

As the weather in Majuli has remained favourable for festivities for the past several months, the organisers are leaving no stone unturned to decorate the vast open space of Banamali Dev Kshetra near the satra which can easily accommodate over 50,000 participants during any such mass gathering.

Since the past few days, several homes in villages around the Dakhinpat Satra have been abuzz with preparations for providing accommodation to the visitors, as the organisers have sought the help of the villagers in providing adequate lodging facilities to everyone who comes for attending the convention and the spiritual programmes.

Meanwhile, the local administration of Majuli subdivision and the officials of the Inland Water Department (IWT) have assured of providing adequate help for the grand celebrations and the required ferry services from Neamati to the four river-ports of Majuli (Kamalabari, Dakhinpat, Afala and Salmora).

Noted yoga guru Swami Gyana Vikash Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga and spiritual guru and former Union Minister Swami Chinamayanand Saraswati will participate in the yoga and spiritual teaching camps respectively while the Satradhikar of the Dakhinpat Satra, Nani Gopal Deva Goswami will deliver lectures on the importance of Gita Darshan in practical life.

Besides them, the president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Dhruba Jyoti Bora and many other dignitaries including Dr Rohini Ballav Dev Goswami, economist Dr Jayanta Madhab are scheduled to deliver their lectures on the concluding day on March 29. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent charge) Sarbananda Sonowal will also attend the concluding ceremony.

�We have no religious bindings. Our aim is to generate the feeling of universal brotherhood and the importance of spiritual thinking among the young girls and boys of every religion, caste and creed irrespective of their states of origin,� said Dibakar Saikia, an organiser.

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