GUWAHATI, April 2 - Thousands continued to throng the main venue of the Namami Brahmaputra Festival on the third day of the five-day event today braving intermittent showers.
Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama visited the main venue at Kachamarighat this afternoon and paid obeisance to the river.
At the venue, the spiritual leader said the Brahmaputra is very important for the entire region and the next generation must be taught about preservation of water. He also thanked the organisers for conducting an event to pay tribute to the mighty river.
Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said it had been raining since yesterday, but the clouds cleared as soon as the spiritual leader set foot at the venue.
�This is the power of spiritualism. As soon as His Holiness came to the venue, the clouds cleared and the sun came out,� he said.
People flocked to have a glimpse of the spiritual leader and security personnel had a tough time managing them.
Showers during the day were less than yesterday. There was a heavy rush during the afternoon hours.
Long queues of people were witnessed at the exhibition domes while stalls and food courts also saw huge footfalls.
A boat race held at the venue also attracted spectators. Cultural shows were lined up for evening.
Meanwhile, nodal officer of the event Anand Prakash Tiwari told this newspaper that some sections were involved in rumour mongering about the event and were misleading the people.
�There were several attempts to hack the website and the Twitter handle of the event. Today there was a rumour created in the social media that entry of general people at the venue has been closed from 2 pm. This is wrong information. This event is for the people and all are welcome to the venue,� he said.
Tiwari said the venue will be kept open for all visitors.