|Sankar janmotsav observed at Majuli|
MAJULI, Oct 11 - The cultural hub and the torchbearer of Vaishnavism, Majuli today celebrated the 568th birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankaradeva.
Majuli, is the only district where Durga puja is not celebrated, as it strictly follows and preserves the teachings, rituals and customs of Vaishnavism propagated by Srimanta Sankaradeva, where practices like sacrifices or idolatry is prohibited.
When other parts of the country were busy in celebrating Durga Puja, Majuli was preparing to observe the birth anniversary of Mahapurush Sankaradeva. Today, when other parts of the State were engaged in Bijoya Dasami, the atmosphere of this river island resounded with the prayers of Sankaradeva.
In all the villages and almost in all the 35 satras of this river island, the birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankaradeva is celebrated with a programme of one to three days. Among the satras, Natun Kamalabari and Uttar Kamalabari Satra observed the birth anniversary of Sankaradeva in a splendid manner. Madhya Majuli Silpi Samaj organises the birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankaradeva with a three-day programme and on each night, one bhaona is performed. In Raonapar area of this island district also, people have organised the birth anniversary of Sankaradeva with a three-day programme. These celebrations generally begin with the ‘Bhagawat’ procession and then various elements of Satriya culture like borgeet, gayan-bayan, satriya dance, sali dance, Mati-akhora, Nadu-vongi, dihanaam etc., are performed. Many organisations and institutions also organised some literary competitions like essay writing competition, drawing and poem recitation etc. Almost in all the places the celebrations of Sankaradeva’s birth anniversary will conclude with the performance of a bhaona.