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JORHAT, Aug 21 – Built under the royal patronage of the Ahom dynasty in the Malow Pathar of the North-west Jorhat, the 30 feet tall historic Tingtingia Bheti is still standing bearing the mark of caustic activities of the people on it. The Bheti (foundation) which was built amidst the swampy land of Malow Pathar is being cut at its sides by miscreants.
The local people said that the Tingtingia Bheti was constructed after the Moamoria mutiny in the 18th century under the patronization of the king of Tungkhungia clan. Some of them had the opinion that it was constructed during the rule of Swargadeu Gaurinath Singha. But some others regarded it as the construction during the reign of Swargadeu Kamaleswar Singha. But nobody is sure about the king; even the history remains silent in this context.
But the story goes on in that locality that the Moamorias constructed the Borbheti in Malow Pathar to know the number and strength of their people. Everyone of the Moamoria community had to put a lump of earth on that Borbheti. Ultimately, the huge size of the Borbheti encouraged the Moamoria Mahanta to conduct mutiny against the Ahom kings with the help of thousands of disciples of Mayamora Mahanta. When the mutiny was over, of hatred was still prevailing amidst both the parties and the Ahom king after regaining the throne decided to construct a ‘bheti’ larger than that one of the Moamoria’s Borbheti. Accordingly, the Tingtingia Bheti was constructed only some hundreds of meters away from the Borbheti. This was about five times larger than Borbheti. It was a sign of royal strength to warn the agitating Moamorias.
When contacted, Dr Dambarudhar Nath, Professor, Department of History, Dibrugarh University and a noted historian expressed his ignorance about the existence of the Tingtingia Bheti.
Now the Tingtingia Bheti is in the centre of the 1100 Bighas of land belonging to the Aauniati Satra. When contacted Dr Pitambar Deva Goswami, Satradhikar, Aauniati Satra told this correspondent that the Satra has purchased the land from the noted tea baron H P Baruah.
During the days of Satradhikar Bishnuchandra Deva Goswami the erosion hit Aauniati Satra at Majuli was decided to beshifted to the Tingtingia Bheti. In this connection, the Satra authority prepared the place to establish the Satra there. But ultimately the authority stopped this ambitious plan for some unknown reason.
The length of the Tingtingia Bheti (east-west) is 1210 feet and breadth (north –south) is 295 feet. In the centre of the Tingtingia Bheti, there is the earthen foundation of the Naamghar of the Satra. The area of the foundation was 260 x75 sq feet. The Tingtingia Bheti is surrounded by a long artificial pond which is 35 feet in breadth. A foundation of a ‘Hati’ (place of residence of the devotees in Satra) is also there beyond the pond encircling the whole Tingtingia Bheti. There is a dilapidated building made with bricks of which the tins of the roof were stolen away.
The Tingtingia Bheti Nava Prathamik Vidyalaya which was established in 1978 near the historic bheti has not been provincialised till date.
Ramen Saikia, a journalist and a conscious citizen of the area told this correspondent that in1977 as many as 166 families were established near the Tingtingia Bheti under No 45 West Sarucharai Gaon Panchayat. At present the population of the village christened after the Tingtingia Bheti is about 400. Since 1977 the villagers along with the people of the neighbouring villages like Borahom Gaon, Borahom Kathoni and No 1 Bhurakola have been offering prayer to the goddess of wealth and riches, ‘Lakshmi’ in the month of ‘Kati’. For the neighbouring people, the Tingtingia Bheti is a place with some religious importance where they dedicate a small portion of collected grains from their fields every year in the name of Goddess Lakshmi before using it for their dishes.
He also informed that the soil of the Tingtingia Bheti is hard and red in colour. Whreas, the soil of the surrounding field is fertile, and black.