Guwahati: The 571st birth anniversary of Vaishnavite saint-scholar, socio-religious reformer and playwright Srimanta Sankardeva is being observed with devotion across the state today. Considered to be an important figure in the cultural and religious history of Assam, Srimanta Sankardeva had started the ‘Mahapurushiya Dharma’ and also inspired the ‘Bhakti Movement’ in Assam.
Naam (prayers) were held in the Naam Ghars’ (prayer halls) and various Sattras (monasteries) that was set up by the saint and his followers in the state and in the neighbouring areas of Cooch Behar in West Bengal. ‘Sankardeva Janmotsav’ is also celebrated in religious places of Nagaon, Majuli and Barpeta.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal greeted people on the occasion of Srimanta Sankardeva’s birth anniversary, stating that the humanitarian ideals and spiritualism are the source of inspiration for the people of the state.