3-day Kheturdham festival begins in Rajshahi

3-day Kheturdham festival begins in Rajshahi

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A three-day long historic Kheturdham festival (Khetur Mohotsav) began at Premtali Gourangabari under Godagari Upazila of the district amidst assemblage of thousands of devotees from home and abroad.The historical Mohotsav which is one of the largest religious congregations for the followers of Baishnava (Hindu) religion in the Indian Sub-continent is held at Khetur and at Gourangabari of Premtali under Godagari every year to mark the death anniversary of Shree Shree Thakur Narottam Das.
Local MP Omor Faruque Chowdhury opened the grand festival yesterday afternoon as chief guest saying that Bangladesh is an instance of communal harmony as people of all the religions have been celebrating their respective religious and cultural festivals freely for long.He observed that the present government is very positive and cautious to uphold the dignity. As a result, the country is now being widely adjudged as a unique example of communal harmony as people of all religions live with equal rights alongside peace and tranquility.Faruque Chowdhury also sought co-operation from all to keep the historical Mela free from all malpractices and alien culture.With Prof Dr Modon Mohan Dey, President of Gourangabari Trust, in the chair, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Khalid Hossain, Vice President of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Committee Anil Kumar Sarker and General Secretary of the trust Shyamapada Sanyal also spoke.Hindu devotees from all over Bangladesh and from various provinces of India, Nepal, France, USA and Australia visited the historical Kheturdham to pay tribute to the soul of Thakur Narottam Das and to get relief from all sins through visiting this holy place.
It is learnt, like the Hindu Holy places of Goya, Kashi and Brindaban,Khetur (Kheturdham) at Premtali under Godagari upazila is a holy place for the followers of Baishnava (Hindu). Followers of Baishnava are also Hindu by religion but they do not believe in Puja at the altars.According to sources, Shree Shree Thakur Narottam Das was a disciple of famous Baishnava preacher Shree Chaityanna Dev. Being charmed and satisfied with the devotion of Thakur Narottam Das, Shree Chaityanna Dev himself came to Khetur in Premtali and blessed Thakur Narottam Das, says the historical records.Since 1581, the Khetur Mohotsav or the Khetur Mela is being held in Premtali during the second/third week of October every year. –BSS, Rajshahi

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