Financial grants distributed to Namghars

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Financial grants distributed to Namghars

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture & GS-II – Policies and Interventions

In news 

  • The Union Home Minister distributed financial grants to 8,000 Namghars under the Assam Darshan programme.

Important value additions 

  • Namghars are traditional Vaisnavite monasteries of Assam. 
  • Namghars (literally meaning Prayer House) are places for congregational worship associated with the entire Assamese community and the Ekasarana sect of Hinduism, in particular, that is native to Assam.
  • Besides forming the primary structure used for worship, they also function as meeting houses and theatres for dramatic performances (bhaona).
  • The Namghar, also called the kirtanghar, is also the central structure in the Sattras (monasteries of the Ekasarana religion) where the other buildings are positioned around it.
  • Namghars were introduced in Assam by the Vaishnavite saints Damodaradeva, Madhavadeva and Sankaradeva for Assamese people where they can culture and practice naam (devotional songs) and Bhakti of God (devotion).

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