ANN Service SIVASAGAR, Feb 20 - Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi inaugurated the Maha Shivaratri and International Shiva Festival at the historic Siva Doul here today.
Governor Jagdish Mukhi inaugurating the International Shiva Festival at Siva Doul in Sivasagar, on Thursday. – UB Photos
Speaking on the occasion, Mukhi said, “The Ahom kings had contributed immensely to every aspect of the Assamese society, including its architectures, sculptures of the place and good governance”.
He recalled the immense contribution of the Ahom Kings and praised the Ahom era architecture. Considering the unique architecture of the Ahom kingdom, he said that research can be conducted which can contribute to the spread of Ahom architecture to other parts of the country.
The Governor exhorted that the district has all the potential to grow as one of the most sought after tourist destinations. He called for coordinated efforts towards preservation of the monuments. The Governor urged upon the public to act as a force multiplier to project Sivasagar as one of the best tourist destinations in the country.
He said that Siva Doul is one of the best Shiva mandirs in the country that attracts lot of tourists from all over the world. So, it becomes very important for all the people of the district and the state to know each and every historical issues relating to the temple.
He further lauded the personal initiatives of the Deputy Commissioner towards enabling Sivasagar to gain the coveted status as one of the five iconic sites declared in the Union Budget.
The First Lady of Assam, Prem Mukhi, Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, DC M S Lakshmi Priya, president of International Shiva Festival organisation committee Ganga Prasad Borgohain, Proprietor of Pratidin group of publication Jayanta Baruah along with a host of other dignitaries were present in the inaugural function.