By LALITESH MISHRA
SAHARSA: The three-day UgraTara mahotsava to highlight the cultural and historical heritage of the Kosi region got off to a colourful start at Mahishi last evening.
PHED minister Binod Narayan Jha and Water Resources minister D C Yadav jointly inaugurated the function sponsored by the state tourism department.
In his inaugural address, the PHED minister spoke at length about the historical, cultural and religious significance of this land which had attracted Aadi Shankaracharya and scholars like Kuppu Swamy and others to come down here for intellectual discourses and other antiquarian discoveries.
“It was high time now to dig up those past to bring in harmony and forward looking consciousness in our society,” he added.
Songs and dance performances aimed at presenting cultural glimpses of this area were presented at the outset by a troupe of college girls.
The mahotsava will witness a national seminar on themes revolving round the legendary Indian philosopher and propounder of Mimansa, Mandan Mishra, a native of Mahishi, religion and amazing culture of Kosi land.