From a Correspondent
Joysagar, June 10: Preparations are on in full swing to set up two life-size statues of Ahom King Swargadeu Shivashingha and Rani Ambika in Sivasagar by the Sivasagar Temple Development Board with the help of Sivasagar district administration.
Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner and the president of the Temple Development Board, rayan Konwar and secretary of the STDB Chandan Phukan said that in the 18th century, Ahom King Shivashingha’s second wife Rani Ambika Devi started to built three large temples, mely Shiva Dol, Bishnu Dol and Devi Dol in Kalonchupar Gohain Gaon and beside these temples she also made a big pond which is known as Borpukhuri or Sivasagar Pukhori. The ancient me of today’s Sivasagar was Kalonchupar. But following the me of Shiva Dol and the big pond, the me of the town then changed as Shiv-Sagar (indicating Shiva temple and big pond) or Shivasagar.
To preserve and acknowledge the glorious past of this important tourist town, the Sivasagar district administration and Sivasagar Temple Development Board jointly came forward to build life-size statues of this King and Queen in the famous campus of the historic Shiva Dol of Sivasagar. This important decision was taken on November 21, 2016 at a meeting at STDB’s office in Sivasagar. As per the decision taken during the meeting, the STDB and district administration jointly would make the statues. The organizing committee also discussed with many veteran historians of Assam and also took their advice. The organizing committee has now apepaled to the people of Assam to give opinion and advice regarding the task and appealed to people to take part in this project for a satisfactorily conclusion.
Anyone interested can directly contact the president of STDB, who is also the Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar during office hours, stated a press release issued by the STDB on Saturday.