Updated December 29th, 2023 at 18:27 IST
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat lands in Assam, arrives at the seat of Vaishnavism Majuli
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat embarked on a three-day visit to Assam, landing in Dibrugarh and proceeding to Majuli, the holy seat of Vaishnavism.
Guwahati: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat embarked on a three-day visit to Assam, landing in Dibrugarh and proceeding to Majuli, the holy seat of Vaishnavism. The visit holds significance amidst growing concerns about rapid conversions to Christianity in Majuli.
Since the early 2000s, Majuli has been witnessing rapid conversion to Christianity. The sons of soil, the Mishing tribe which predominantly lives in the island district, have converted to Christianity. It is said that over the last two decades at least 50 churches have come up in the island, known as the soul of Neo Vaishnavite culture, practiced widely in Assam. Social Scientists have different claims on the reason behind these conversions. If some say it is because of the socio-economic condition of the tribals, many also blame the 'untouchability' which is still in wide practice in the Xatra's. For instance, most of the Xatradhikars (Vaishnavite Monks) are not comfortable if a person from a lower caste touch his feet while paying his or her obeisance.
This year Christmas was celebrated with much pomp in the island amidst singing of carols which echoed throughout the small island and also grabbed the attention of many. Some also called for immediate intervention of the government, to protect the cultural and religious sanctity of the place.
Whatever the reason be, the church making inroads in Majuli is very serious for many people in the state, considering the fact, that Majuli as a Vaishnavite seat have not allowed even any Durga Puja in the district as it is a practice of the Shakti cult and not endorsed by the Vaishnavite cult. Amidst this the visit of the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat to the island is being seen my many as a way to show the RSS presence in the Xatra's.
Bhagwat will be meeting the Xatradhikar's (Vaishnavite Monks) during his visit and is also set to address a public gathering. However, his complete itinerary as well as the names of those whom he will be meeting has not yet been disclosed. He will return to Dibrugarh on Friday and stay back for the night before proceeding to Kolkata on Saturday.
Published December 27th, 2023 at 21:20 IST