Thousands attend Sankardev Sangha conference

SONARI, Feb 13 : Thousands of devotees thronged today from all over the State the second day’s programme of 78th annual conference of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, at Darikapar Gopal Aata Kshetra near Simaluguri.

At least five lakh devotees are expected to attend the four-day-long conference which will conclude on February 14 next. Today’s programme started with ‘Pratah Prasanga’ at 6 am.

The joint session of newly elected district presidents and secretaries of ‘Child and Mother Welfare Committees’, districts and central heads of ‘Seva Bahinee’ was inaugurated by NM Hussain, Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar.

The session was presided over by Karuna Kanta Kalita, Padadhikar, Srimanta Sankardev Sangha. The souvenir, Bhaktir Jyotsna, was released by Dr Punyadhar Gogoi, principal, Gargaon College.

In the afternoon, the open session of literary section was held which was chaired by Dr Rabindra Narayan Choudhury, president literary section, Srimanta Sankardev Sangha. Utpal Bora, district forest officer, Sivasagar inaugurated the session. Kailash Das, research person, Sankari Sahitya, Srimanta Sankardev Sangha addressed the session as the distinguished speaker.

The open session of cultural branch was also held in the evening hours which was chaired by Dr Navakrishna Rajkhowa, president, cultural branch, Srimanta Sankardev Sangha. The session was inaugurated by Phani Hazarika, secretary, Sankari Sangeet Examination Council of the Sangha. The delegates camp was inaugurated by Dr Hemo Prabha Saikia, working president, reception committee.

Meanwhile, the Gopal Aata Kshetra has turned into a pilgrimage centre with Vaisnavite devotees from different areas flocking the Kshetra. The exhibition and book-fair was inaugurated by Ashok Verma, Executive Director, ONGCL, Assam Asset yesterday.

Tomorrow’s programmes include ‘Bhagavat Bhraman’ and cultural procession at 9.30 am. The open session will start at 11 am which will be presided over by the newly elected Padadhikar of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha.

Vaisnavite scholar and chief adviser Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, Sunaram Chutia will inaugurate the open session. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be the chief guest.

Bijoy Krishna Handique, Central Minister of State for Fertilizer, Dr Arun Sarma and Sarbananda Sonowal, MPs, Paban Singh Ghatowar, president, Asom Chah Mazdoor Sangha, Dr Sammujal Bhattacharya, adviser, AASU will be present among others. Gopal Mahanta and Jugeswar Bordoloi will be conferred the title ‘Sankari Sahitya-Ratna’ by the Sangha.