The 87th session of the Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha began at the Gopika Ballav Goswami Samannay Khsetra at Dergaon in Assam’s Golaghat district amid an atmosphere filled with devotional songs on Wednesday.
The mega event, considered the largest such conglomeration in the entire North-east is a four-day session to be concluded on February 10.
The inaugural day began with a cleanliness drive in the morning. It was followed by, among others, aasan activation at naatghar, main entrance inauguration and inauguration of naamghar gate.
A book fair and exhibition was also inaugurated later in the day by the principal of DKD College, Dr Ranjit Kumar Bordoloi followed by the inauguration of special delegates’ camp by Rebakanta Saikia.
The central executive meeting was held at 11 am.
Apart from the main reception committee headed by Pabitrapran Bora, Mrinal Saikia and Devanjan Bora as president, working president and secretary respectively, 35 other sub-committees are working round-the-clock to make the event a success.
Earlier on Tuesday, the general secretary of the reception committee Devanjan Bora, while interacting with media, said that the site prepared for the session with 1.5 square kilometre area at the historic Dadhara Ahom Pathar, Dergaon along NH-37 has been named after the second Padadhikar of the Sangha, Pandit Raichahab Gopikaballav Goswami.
Several books including the souvenir Bhakti Rasamrit with more than 500 pages and edited by chief editor Bodheswar Kakoti, will be released by noted litterateur, Dr Nagen Saikia.
Srimanta, the mouthpiece of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha has been edited by Surendramohan Hazarika.
A book, ‘Life and Talents of Pandit Gopikaballav Goswami’, is also slated to be released during the session.