FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SIVASAGAR, Feb 23: One of the largest gathering places of people for a religious purpose in India, the four-day Maha Shivratri Utsav and Mela, was iugurated by eminent author, educationist and exponent of Xatriya culture Dr. Nirupama Mahanta here on Thursday.
The iuguration ceremony took place inside the Shiva Doul (temple) complex in Sivasagar, chaired by Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner rayan Konwar, who is also the president of the Sivasagar Temple Development Board.
After iugurating the fair by illumiting the ceremonial lights, Dr. Nirupama Mahanta, in her speech, lauded the efforts of the organizing committee for holding the fair in a systematic manner. She also spoke about the significance of Maha Shivratri.
Kamakhya Prasad Tassa, MP of Jorhat, who was also present as distinguished guest on the occasion, spoke on the historical perspective of the Shivratri Mela. He also spoke on the architectural significance of the temples constructed during the Ahom period and stressed the need to preserve and promote the historical monuments of Sivasagar district. Appreciating the efforts of the organizing committee and Sivasagar district administration for organizing the Shivratri festival, Tassa said such events would not only showcase the cultural ethos and heritage of the State, but also promote tourism in the State.
A souvenir, brought out on the occasion, was released by Prof. Lanu Nusang Ao, Pro-Vice Chancellor of galand Central University. The iugural ceremony was also attended by District Development Commissioner Abhijit Baruah, Thowra MLA Kushal Duwari and other noted persolities.
Meanwhile, historic Sivasagar town wore a festive look today as pilgrims, sadhus and traders from different parts of India assembled here to take part in the festivities. Elaborate security arrangements have also been made on the fair premises to prevent any untoward incident during the festival. Administration sources said CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations in and around the Shiva Doul to keep round-the-clock vigil.