Hare Krishna Deb Mahanta

Founder Satradhikar of Barangajuli Sankar Dev Satra in Dimakuchi of Assam’s Udalguri district, Hare Krishna Deb Mahanta passed away due to age-old ailments on Sunday night.

He was 97.

The highly-revered nonagenarian Satradhikar made efforts in integrating all the communities including Rabha, Bodo and Adivasi of the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and built the Barangajuli Satra way back in 1952.

The Satra is located near the Indo-Bhutan border.

Satradhikar Mahanta on his personal efforts built as many as 27 Satras across the state.

He rendered his life in spreading the culture and tradition of Vaishnavism and his efforts fetched him recognitions.

Mahanta was honoured with the Kalicharan Brahma Award 2018 by the Assam government.

Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways & AYUSH and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Cabinet minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass frequently visited the Satra to seek blessings of Mahanta.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also visited the Barangajuli Satra during the campaigning of Assam Assembly election 2021.

Chief minister Sarma has expressed his deep condolence at the demise of the Satradhikar of Barangajuli Sankar Dev Satra.

The chief minister conveyed his condolence to the bereaved family members of the Satradhikar and wished eternal peace for the departed soul.

On behalf of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Jadab Chandra Sharma has condoled the demise of Satriadhikar Hare Krishna Deb Mahanta.

“I express my deepest condolences,” Sharma said in a Facebook post.

Sharma informed that on Sunday, the Udalguri District Sahitya Sabha honoured him with the ‘Udalguri Ratna’ award at Barangajuli Satra.

Asam Sahitya Sabha chief secretary along with Karnadhar Samiti member Thaneshwar Malakar, executive member Akhil Kalita, Bhadrakanta Sharma, Devraj Sapkota, vice-president of the Cultural Sub-Committee Tarun Azad Deka were present in the programme, Sharma informed.

And 11 hours after the award presentation, the socialist Satradhikar passed away at midnight, Sharma said.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com