Sankardeva birth anniversary celebrated in Assam

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Guwahati, Sep 14(ANI): Thousands of devotees visited the Dhekiakhuwa Bor Namghar, Temple of Vaishnavism in Assam to celebrate the 560th birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankardeva, the famed Vaishnavite saint and social reformer of the region.

Spirituality, peace and unity formed the foundation of the month long birth anniversary celebration, which started from August 22.

"Many people come from far flung places to pay homage to the Saint. I have come from Dibrugarh. People from outside the Assam are also coming. They are here to pray for themselves and their family," said Kamal Chkradhora, a devotee.

During the celebration, there was daily prayer ritual called "Naam Prasanga". The celebration ended with the religious Ashirwad ceremony, which was then followed with the distribution of "Mah Praxad".

Atul Shyam, another devotee, prayed for peace, and said: "This is a very holy place. People from all over the Assam come here and pray for peace for themselves and their family. This place is established for the great Saint Sankardeva who was a well-known personality of Assamese society."

Many devotees visited the temple everyday to take part in the celebrations to pray for peace and prosperity and to get enlightenment by learning the teachings of Shankardev, who is regarded as a colossal figure in the cultural and religious history of Assam. By Vaschipem Kamodang (ANI)

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