The two-day Unakoti and Ashoka Astami mela started at Shivtirtha Unakoti on Sunday. Minister Santana Chakma inaugurated the program.
MLA Sudhangshu Das, MLA Bhagaban Das, DM Sandeep Rathore, Unakoti District Sabhapati Kalpana Debnath and others were present at the program.
A huge number of devotees have come to see the Unakoti and Ashoka Astami mela in Unakoti, which is 25 KM away from Dharmanagar .
Inaugurating the program, Minister Santana Chakma stated that Ashoka Ashtami mela is one of the greatest occasion celebrated here and wished for a successful program.
Speaking at the program, MLA Sudhangshu Das stated that so far there was no development in the field of tourism but now BJP has decided to develop the tourism sector and will give special attention to Unakoti.
Ashoka Ashtami is an auspicious Hindu festival celebrated with great fervour in India. This festival is devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Lord Rama completed the Ashoka Ashtami ritual before starting the final attack on Ravana. It is celebrated in a grand manner in the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar and the festivities last for seven days.
This day also holds great significance in some of the southern states of India. It marks the triumph of good over evil.