Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Aug 23 - The death anniversary (Tirobhava Tithi) of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva, the great 15th-century saint-reformer, was observed across the State today.
Devotees performing naam prasanga on the occasion of Sankaradeva Tithi in Guwahati on Wednesday. – UB Photos
The enthusiasm of the people to observe the occasion was evident despite the recent flood-induced devastation across the State. At many places, people took pains in reconstructing and renovating the naamghars to pay homage to the saint – remembered most for binding the Assamese society with his preaching of equality, love and brotherhood.
Batadrava, the birth place of the saint, and Majuli island, the hub of the State’s Vaishnavite culture, saw large-scale participation of the masses in naam-kirtans and processions.
The devotees thronged the naamghars since morning and performed naam prasanga on the occasion. The Ankiya Bhaonas (plays) written by the saint, who was a multifaceted genius, were also performed at various places.
The city also witnessed religious discourses at many naamghars since morning. Community prayer halls in the city reverberated with naam prasanga, nagara naam and devotional songs.
The day was also observed in the Assam Tribune campus here by its employees.