A group of women from Women’s Hub, a collective of women professionals, met Lakshmikanta Mahanta, Sattradhikar of Sri Sri Madhupur Sattra, Coochbehar at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) recently. Mahanta, who has been ailing for some time, is undergoing treatment at the GMCH.
The team comprising academic Dr Swabera Islam, entrepreneurs Tannishi Inam and Zeba Zaman and journalist Teresa Rehman, felicitated him with a traditional gamosa and wished him a speedy recovery.
Mahanta spoke about the ideals of the great 15th century saint-reformer, Srimanta Sankardeva and said that he never discriminated against people of any caste, creed or religion. He also spoke of his native place Pathuri in Nogaon district in Assam where he grew up among many Muslim friends who he used to call ‘dost’. He narrated how his father discussed religion with his Muslim friends.
The mild-mannered and soft-spoken Sattradhikar was also answering phone calls from his Sattra. He wanted to go back to his Sattra as soon as he recovered as he was worried about his pet tortoises.
Situated in Coochbehar district of West Bengal, Sri Sri Madhupur Satra was the place where, in the year 1568, Srimanta Sankardev passed away. On January 28, 1968 the present sattra was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Assam Bimala Prasad Chaliha in presence of the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Prafulla C Sen. The Satra, built in the 15th century, is a treasure trove of historical documents and manuscripts. Details of the sattra is documented on their website www.madhupursatra.org