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‘Boka Bhaona’ at Kangkhapar Majthai Satra
Suryya Kumar Chetia

‘Boka Bhaona’ being performed at Sri Sri Kangkhapar Majthai Satra on Sunday. – Photo: Suryya Kumar Chetia
 JORHAT, Sept 9 – Following the age-old tradition the Kala Krishti Aru Satra Unnayan Samiti, Sri Sri Kangkhapar Majthai Satra organized ‘Boka Bhaona’ in connection with the ‘Nandautsav’ today at Sri Sri Kankhapar Majthai Satra Ras Mancha premises, Na Ali Dhekiajuli here today.

Established in 1704, the Satra has been keeping the tradition of the sport with clay alive to represent the happiness among the fellow cowherds of Nanda on the very next day of Janmastami for celebrating the occasion of the birth of Lord Krishna.

Talking to this correspondent, Pabitra Mahanta, organizing secretary of the Kala Krishti Aru Satra Unnayan Samiti, said that since morning the organizers have collected ‘Rangamati’, a particular kind of clay with red-brown colour and mixed it with sandal and turmeric and added water to produce mixture. The mixture is supposed to be beneficial to the skin, he said.

Then the devotees took part in naam-prasanga inside the Ras Mancha and then came out performing ‘naam’ and began playing with the clay heaped in front of the Ras Mancha. After some time it became difficult to recognize the participants as they were covered from head to toe with clay.

Mahanta further said that the traditional clay sport on the very day of the year enhance fraternity and unity among the neighbours of the area.

Earlier, a competition among the small kids was organized in this connection on the theme of stealing butter by the child Krishna.

Hundreds of devotees of the neighbouring villages took part in the naam-prasanga, and people from the vicinity and Jorhat and Titabor town attended the function.

The Sri Sri Kangkhapar Majthai Satra was established by the middle son of late Aniruddhadev, founder of Mayamora Satra. After Aniruddhadev, his sons founded four Satras in various places.

At Sakai Khongia Namghar too the ‘Boka Bhaona’ was organized today in which thousands people of north-west Jorhat took active part.

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