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History of Dhekiakhowa Barnamghar

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Barnamghar Managing Committee


            Bhagwati Vaisnab religion began to flourish more regorously after the meet of Srimanta Sankardev and Sree Sree Madhabdev. In course of religious arguments between the two Preceptors. Sree Sree Madhabdev summoned to Sankardev acknowledged his supremacy of knowledge, agreed to his religious concepts of oneness and accepted Sankardev as his Guru. Madhab was profoundly impressed by the religious concepts and he dedicated his conjugal life and observed celibracy through out his whole life. Sankardev was pleased beyond expectation and remarked "Vararpo, I am now complete at your union."

            While Sankardev and Madhabdev with their devtes and disciples began to spread and flouris their religious mottos and principles in different parts of the country, the opponents began to poke adversely to the then king of Assam against them and their activities. The king also being convinced with the sycophants ordered those two religious heads to prevent the elephants with their followers. It was nothing short of punishment. They were out of wits and could not begin to do that arduous task. In the meantime the elephants came towards them with a white elephant in the front. Having seen the white one Sankardev said to his devotees 'Oh Bapu, the religion which we prophecies is white, i.e., truth hence let go,' The devotees followed his order. The sycophants took it a chance and again spoke ill of them to the king. The king was extremely angry and ordered Sankardev's arrest, on the other hand the devotees out of apprehension asked Sankardev that it was uncertain as to what the king might do against them for not doing their alloted duty. So they advised him to leave the place and escape the impending hazard. But Srimanta Sankardev did not agree to it. But Madhabdev realising the value of Sankardev's life requested him to be away thence in no time. At last Sankardev agreed and flew away. The next day the royal messengers appeared there and asked the order devotees about Sankardev. In reply when they expressed their ignorance of Sankar's where about, the king's men took Madhab and Harijoyai to the place. The king questioned about their where about. Madhabdev replied that he was a bachelor and had nothing on earth. In turn Harijoyai replied that had his old mother and wife. Immediately king remarkded that there would be no reaction if that 'Phakir' i.e., Madhaba would be cut into two. Let him go and the order be cut into two.' Having heard the order Harijoyal said, 'Bap my life is at an end, I will go. Do not desert me at the time of death. Please remind me of your name i.e. Bhakti so that I may not forget your 'Saran' this is my last prayer.' Having heard Hari's words, Madhaba said to the multilators "Brothers, I have not seen how a man is mutilate. So please allow me to go to place of execution." They replied that man should not see the execution. But as pressed he was allowed. The place of execution was near Mechagar. The moment came and Harijoyal requested the executor to give him a little time to meditate his guru. However the cutters were please to give him a little time Harijoyai was in deep Meditation.

Madhab in the mean time began to sing "Brother go carefully, life never ends, you will reach Govinda's approch." The song ended and Horijoyai was mutilated. But Surprigingly enough, there was not a single drop of blood, simply a white smoke rise up out of his body. Even sword was not blood stained. On the other hand it was the convention, for proof, that the multilators had to produce the blood stained sword to king. Out of wonder they reported the incident, to the king 'Oh Maharaj, we have not mutilated such a man before, there is no blood, only a white smoke has went up. The man we mutilated jumped, voiced 'Ram, Ram and died," The king was surprised and asked them to related all about. then the mutilators gave a description of the execution and the situation occurred there how Madhab sing a peculiar song with clap and danced with the song. The king stopped a while and remarked that he had understood those men. The man thus cut into pieces had surely cultivated magic. They were magicians. So it was his order to make Madhaba captive. Lake order, like action, Madhaba was arrested.

            Madhabdev was tortured in the prison without food and sleep. At dead of night he began to tune. The king awake on it and asked the guard about the tune which he did not hear before. In reply the guard said that it was not a voice of any animal but a melody sung by the captive. The song was so sweet and heart appealing that the king was overwhelmed and remarked that he was not a human being, but a God so he ordered to release Madhaba saying that something unauspicious might occur at his stay here. Madhabdev refused to abide by the order of the king and said that the king might release him for the time being but after a little being convinced by somebody heinous to us there might be ordered again for arrest. SO he did not intend to go out jail. He forwarded a condition that if the king himself would come to the jail and release him, might be effected. As requested by the king's man the king remarked, "He is not a common man." It would be fair to release order but accepted no wealth saying that he was a "Bairagi" and had no craving for property. What the king had done for him was enough and saying it he passed through the forest and at dark reached the very place where the Barnamghar is situated at present.

            There lived an old spouse. Their way of livelihood was begging. That day there was a very little rice at home not sufficient even for them two. Both of them were glad to see Madhaba there as guest in the evening, but at the same time were in difficulty as the little rice they had evening was insufficient. Any how they arrived at the decision to remain in fast that night and to entertain the guest with they had and requestes Madhaba to take bath.

            Madhabdev went to the nearby stream, sat on the root of a tree and took his bath. The very root he sat on was existing for a period of more than four hundred years at the same place and what is wonder is that once and old man of the locality tried to uproot it with the help of two elephants, but without success. Visitors, pilgrims from different parts of the state, outside and the local people retain respect on this root.

            While Madhaba went out for his bath the old woman said to his husband. "There is a little rice but no remain in fast. Arrange some fern available on the bank of the stream for the guest," He has come without food, let him take meal what we have and arrange meal for the guest. In the meantime the Mahapurusa (great man) came back after bath paid homage to guru and began to cook, but the old lady did not-hing for them. Then Madhabdev asked what arrangement for their meal was done. At it the old man replied, "Bap you please donot bother about us," Saying this he remained silent. Madhaba could infer that there was no rice for them and said them take your bath let know one another. Accordingly both of them took bath and made know with Madhaba. The spouse belive that he is the incarnation of God. Then Madhaba said to them, "Will it be bad is they take meal with him?" The reply was that it would be good but..... arrangement was made only for guest. We would be doomed at your dis-satisfaction.

Please take yourself alone." Madhabadev smiled at it open the pan and said, "There is so much of rice, will it no suffic us all?" The old women was surprised to see as to how there had been so much from a few morsel of rice. They could not but think that he is not man but God. So they requested him to distribute among them. All of them took meal with joy. After meal gurujana (Madhaba) asked them about the taste of fern curry. The old man said that it had not happened in his whole life to taste such a palatable curry. Then Madhaba said to them that it was only because of your 'Bhakti'. After that all of them lay in the womb of darkness.

            The spouse could not sleep with enxiety that the evening meal was anyhow arranged but what to do for the morning. Although out of wits, immediately after the old woman told her husband to crop her hair. From the hair she would make a 'Seng' (a king of ornaments used for tair makeup) Sell it in the market and arrange meal for the day she said. The husband did accordingly.

            There was a pond at a distance of one and half miles away thence. Now it had turned into a swamp. There was a weekly bazar. A strem flew nearby. So this place and the pond know as 'Hatjan Pukhuri par.'

            In the morning the old lady paid homage to the guru, took the 'Seng' and went to the bazar. She found that there was a crowded rush of buyers with money she received from the sale of 'Seng' purchased the necessary eatables and came home.

            The arrangement for meal was made. In the meantime the guru said to the old man, "I have a desire to install a lamp (Bonti) here." 'Your consent is necessary.' The old man replied, "Guru it is your favour." Then the guru asked  the old man to invite some neighbouring villages. The old man did as advised. In the meantime the villagers came and then Madhaba informed them of his whereabouts. The people were overwhelming to hear it and paid homage to the guru. All of them consented saying that it would be very good to install a lamp here. Having had the con--those sticks on the east, west, south and the north. After it Madhaba enkindled a lamp in the middle. Having done all these initials he asked the villagers that flame would blage for ever if they took proper care moreover the old lady arranged the meal at the cost of her hair and hence the name of the stream was kept 'Buridiha'. He informed of his satisfation at the fern curry. So out of his satisfaction the name of the place was kept 'Dhekiakhowa'.

            Having done all these things the guru left the place and went towards the west. On the other hand Srimanta Sankardev for Madhaba's imancipation with all the devotees began weekly 'Palnam' on the seventh day i.e. at the end of Palnam, both the guru met together.

            After few days both the spouse died. The villagers built a thatched-Namghar at that place and named as 'Bura Namghar' and in accordance with Palnam arranged for Madhaba's release there also in the Bura Namghar there had been Palnam in the Month of Bhadra (15th Aug. to 15th Sept.) and is still continuing.

            This is the history of this place and the Namghar.

  • ভাওনা প্রদৰ্শন-১৭ চেপ্তেম্বৰ, ২০১৪
  • অহা ১,২,৩ অক্টোবৰত শ্রী শ্রী শংকৰদেৱৰ জন্ম জয়ন্তী আৰু মাধৱদেৱ সংগীত মহাবিদ্যালয়ৰ ৰূপালী জয়ন্তী উদযাপন কৰা হ'ব।

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