PATNA: Going ahead with its breathtaking effort to take Saurath Sabha – the 700-year-old marriage congregation of Bihar’s Mithila region– into world’s view, Mithilalok Foundation has sought for heritage status to the historic assembly.
A demand to this effect has been made in a letter to the Union Ministry of Culture sent on Monday.
“As we know, Maithils have an age-old tradition of marriage assembly which is organized in Saurath village, situated six kilometres from the Madhubani district headquarters. The congregation is held every year during the Hindu month of Asadha in a Gachhi (orchard, hence it is also known as Saurath Sabha Gachhi). The significance of this place can be gauged from the fact that it is deeply rooted in a vibrant culture of Mithila belt of Bihar. This year, it commences on 25th June and will continue till 3rd July,” Foundation chairman Birbal Jha said.
During the Saurath sabha, thousands of Maithil youths from different places in Mithila belt assemble at the place to for prospective brides.
The marriages of eligible bachelors are fixed up according to an elaborate system of genealogical records (known as Panji) by the Panjikars (Marriage Registrars). Its main objectives were to facilitate marriage and to curb evil practices associated with the fixing of marriages.
A Foundation spokesperson said the organization was committed to socio-economic and cultural development in the region.
In order to highlight the need for reviving interest in this historical congregation, the Foundation has launched Chaloo Saurath Sabha Abhiyan (Let’s go Saurath Sabha Campaign) which is to start from June 25.
“A national heritage status will certainly revive its past glory and resuscitate it for the benefits of generations to come. The same will also bring in the requisite infrastructural support and resources,” added Jha.
He has appealed to all youths fro, the region to be part of Chaloo Saurath Sabha Abhiyan and help in reviving the institution of marriage that is widely appreciated around the word for its ethnic sensibility and its role in the longevity of marital bliss.
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