LAKHIMPUR: One of the holy places of Assam which has been glorifying the State since time immemorial is the 'Lakshmi Do' Triveni Sangam of Lakhimpur district. The holy place is located at the confluence of the Ranganadi, Joyhingnadi, and Dhekianadi at Joyhing, 10 km north of North Lakhimpur town.
"A mega religious event will be held in the Triveni Sangam on the occasion of the holy full moon's day of the Assamese calendar month Magh. The festival event, which is titled as Punya Makar Maghi Purnima Mahasnanotsav, is scheduled to be held on February 8 and February 9 with a view to reawaken the place of worship and to turn it into a tourist attraction to develop the tourism industry of the district."
This was declared by Nripen Phukan, the working president of the 'Lakshmi Do' Triveni Sangam Development Committee, in a press conference held at North Lakhimpur Press Club on Thursday.
In the Puranas, the Ranganadi is mentioned as Rakta Ganga while the Dhekianadi as Mohi Nadi and Joyhingnadi as Josong. This confluence is narrated as a holy place in the Kumarika canto of the Skanda Purana, one of the masterpieces of the 18 Puranas of the Hindu classics, which consists of eighty-one thousand verses in the Sanskrit language. In the mentioned Purana, the confluence of the three rivers, along with the Akashee Ganga of Likabali in Dhemaji district, is narrated to be as holy as the 'Triveni Sangam' of Ganga-Jamuna-Saraswati of Prayag in Uttarakhand. The Adivasis and other local people have believed the place to be a holy place and have been worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and taking a holy bath for many years, christening the confluence as 'Lakshmi Do'. As per the Purana, the worship of Lord Shiva for salvation is related to this place through the story of Kumarika who was freed from a curse after taking bath in the holy confluence.
Addressing the press conference, Nripen Phukan narrated the religious significance of the Triveni Sangam while the secretary of the same committee, Dilip Chetri threw light on the programmes of the festival. As per his information, the agenda of the event on February 8 will start with the recitation of Veda Mantra, the verses of Veda from 8 am. It will be followed by a religious cultural programme. On February 9, Tirtha Pujan will be held. Then the Mahasnanotsav will start at 7 am. It will be followed by Dharmalosana Sabha wherein the xatradhikars of almost all xatras in Lakhimpur district and theological scholars representing different castes and creeds will take part.