| Drummers perform in front of the main pandal on the inaugural day of the festival at Pakamura Pathar on Saturday. Picture by Pranab Kumar Das |
Pakamura Pathar (Jamugurihat), Feb. 23: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today urged people to come forward and help build a greater Assamese society.
“The great saint Srimanta Xankardev dreamt of a greater Assamese society where people irrespective of caste and creed could live. His dream is reflected here in Jamugurihat as Adivasis, Nepali, Boro, Mising can be seen taking part in this historic event,” Gogoi said at the inaugural of Barechaharia Bhowna Festival.
The chief minister also inaugurated the Barechaharia Bhowna Bhawan, which was completed at a cost of Rs 1 crore with funding from the Assam tourism department. He said the new building will keep alive the Vaishnavite culture among the different communities.
Gogoi said bhaona was the brainchild of the Vaishnavite saint and he used this as a tool preach his ideology of good prevailing over evil and existence of a supreme power.
He said the people of Jamugurihat conceived the idea of the Barechaharia Bhowna in order to express solidarity. Gogoi visited the main pandal of the four-day festival designed with 21 kholas (temporary stage).
Local MLA and president of Barechaharia Bhowna, Padma Hazarika, said at a time when ethnic unrest and disturbances have been a major concern, the festival has been playing major role in bridging the gap among the people of different communities.