GUWAHATI: As the schedule for the upcoming Asam election 2021 is nearing, Union Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit Assam on February 25.
According to reports, the Union Minister is scheduled to visit Batadrava Than in Nagaon, the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardev and will be laying the foundation of Batadrava Than.
Earlier Assam State Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Union Home Minister will visit Batadrava monastery, Batadrava Satra in Assam's Nagaon district and will address a public meeting.
The Assam government has undertaken a megaproject to develop Batadrava Than in Bordowa, Nagaon, like the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar.
A fund of Rs 155 crore has been sanctioned for the ambitious project to develop Batadrava Than, the birthplace of Srimanta Sankaradeva, as an ideal place for religious and cultural tourism.
'Than' means a sacred place in the Assamese language. It was derived from the Sanskrit word 'Sthan' meaning 'place'.
Batadrava Than in Bordowa in Nagaon district, Assam is one of the sacred 'than' founded by Srimanta Sankaradeva. It is named Sri Sri Batadrava Than. Sankardeva set up the first-ever Kirtanghar here in 1468. The importance of this place is also derived from the fact that the saint was born at Alipukhuri- Bordowa in 1449.
After Sankaradeva's 12-year-long pilgrimage in 1493, he began to preach his Vaishnavite religious ideas at Batadrava Than, regularly and systematically.
"Amit Shah will also visit Diphu in Karbi Anglong district where he will address another public meeting," Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
While in Guwahati, Union Minister Amit Shah paid floral tribute to former Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya on his death anniversary.
The Union Minister also met Ananta Rai, the self-proclaimed king and heir of Koch-Rajbongshi, in Bongaigaon.
Amit Shah was in poll-bound Assam on February 11 for a two-day election tour of Assam and also West Bengal.
it is to be mentioned that, BJP has increased the political activity in the poll-bound states of Assam and West Bengal with senior leaders regularly visiting both the states. On February 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited both states and launched multiple development projects.