Keeping the traditions of their state intact, despite being away from it, a few Assamese associations in the satellite city were seen conducting Shri Krishna Janmashtami in a very different way this year.
While the Asom Vaishnav Samaj had a small religious gathering at Milestone Hall in sector 21, Kharghar, the Assam Association (Panvel unit) had a range of religious activities which took place on the same day at a multipurpose hall in ONGC complex.
This was for the third time the Asom Vaishnav Samaj was seen celebrating the occasion. Assamese families from places like Kharghar, Belapur, Sanpada, Vashi, Koparkhairane and Kamothe gathered at the event. “We tried conducting all the programmes in a traditional Assamese style.
The programme started with the Bhagawat Sthapana and Sarai Sthapana in a traditional way followed by nam-prasang, an Assamese way of recitation. Kirton, Dihanam, Janmashtami naam and closing naam by which the programme comes to an end, were observed. This was followed by Maah Prasad and Khisirdi.
Everything was conducted traditionally and keeping in mind the culture of our state. The community members felt at home, despite being far from it,” said IP Deori, vice president of the Asom Vaishnav Samaj.
The programme which began at 7pm went on till 10pm. The Samaj also organised a cultural programme on the occasion of the death anniversary of Mahapurush Shri Madhav Deva and Janmashtami on Sunday evening at the same venue.
Assam Association (Panvel unit) on the other hand, organised naam-kirtan, a form of prayer to Shri Krishna which was performed with native musical instruments in the Assamese traditional way, to mark the occasion. About 250 people joined the celebration with great enthusiasm. Women also performed traditional Diha Naam.
“Every year, the association celebrates the occasion with participation from all members of their families. Most people from the North Eastern states of India who live in nearby areas come and participate.
Diha Naam is a different way of uttering the name of God. Besides, once the programme got over everyone was even given prasad which again was the traditional Assamese prasad consisting of raw grams, coconut and moong,” said president the association, Pradeep Nazir.
The members of the community came dressed in traditional attires. While the women were seen wearing mekhela-chaddar, the men wore a dhoti and gamosha.