LAKHIMPUR: Xatradhikar of Badala Padma Ata Xatra of Narayanpur in Lakhimpur district, a noted spiritual and cultural personality of the State, Sri Kanta Goswami is no more. Casting a pall of profound grief, the centenarian Xatradhikar breathed his last around 8.45 am on Sunday due to old-age ailments. He was 105.
Notably, the Xatradhikar had been suffering from old-age ailments since the last couple of days and his health condition started to deteriorate from Saturday night.
The Xatradhikar contributed tremendously to the freedom movement of India. He had been endeavoring to promote Xatriya culture and Vaishnavite principles, spearheading the Xatra which was established by Badala Padma Ata, the chief disciple of Mahapurush Madhavdeva. The Xatradhikar donated 42 bighas of land for the establishment of the Madhavdeva Kalakshetra, which is the dream project not only of Lakhimpur district but also of the State. He contributed much with regard to propelling the construction work of the Kalakshetra.
As the news of his demise spread, thousands of people and his disciples from different parts of Lakhimpur and neighboring Biswanath district assembled at the Badala Padma Ata Xatra. In addition to them, Bihpuriya MLA Debananda Hazarika, Circle Officer of Narayanpur Revenue Circle Boni Inam Sadab, Narayanpur Zila Parishad constituency member Bhaskar Hazarika and Narayanpur Municipal Board former chairperson Harish Chandak paid homage to the deceased Xatradhikar.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed deep grief at his demise. He paid his condolences to the bereaved family through local MLA Debananda Hazarika. On the other hand, State Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma paid his condolence at the demise of the Xatradhikar through social media. Former Bihpuriya MLA Bhupen Borah also expressed grief at his demise.