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Residents in Bhagalpur silk city who celebrated 156 th birth anniversary of noted Indian monk, Swami Vivekananda today, alleged hostile attitude of the local government machineries for delaying in upgradation of a proposed park in the name of Swami ji here.
Their logic is simple; people want to remember Swami Ji at this proposed park located in the campus of Barari waterworks, drinking water supply plant which has been serving Bhagalpur since the time of British, as because the area is deeply associated with Swami Ji’s memories.
However earlier Bhagalpur Municipal Corporation (BMC) managed to place an umbrella on Swami Ji’s statue which installed by local Ramakrishna Ashram long back. Seema Sha, mayor , BMC last year promised for renovating the place under smart city project as a park once where noted Indian monk, Swami Ji spent his times.
Local chapter of BBA-Barari branch which remained instrumental for upgrading the place in Swami Ji’s memory, organized a colourful event at the place today.
BBA-Barari branch which has been celebrating Swami Ji’s birth anniversary past several years, earlier approached BMC for tagging the place as a heritage place in this smart city plan. “We are thankful to all official concerned of BMC who not only taken concern on our request but also felicitated the statue site of Swami Vivekanand within very short time at that time,” said Tarun Ghosh, president of the BBA-Barari branch. But even after passing over years nothing has happened except assurances, Ghosh alleged.
Sources said delay in Smart city project might have hamper the project. But BMC sources said that the place inside Barari water-works on the banks of river Ganga here which had witnessed Swami Ji’s presence, is including in riverfront development under smart city project.
According to references in history book on the great Indian monk by Satyendra Nath Majumdar, at the age of 27 Swami Ji reached Bhagalpur with another disciple of Sri Ramkrishna Pramhansh, Akhandanand Ji and stayed at the house of noted advocated of Bhagalpur, Mathura Nath Singh on July 15, 1890. Swami Ji set out on bare foot journey around the country and came here directly from Calcutta. So Bhagalpur was the first place where Swami Jee reached after set out for Bharat Darshan (touring the country).
Swami Ji who stayed here upto July 22, also stayed at the house of one Nityanand Singh at Adampur locality in the heart of the city. He then went to the house of Manmothonath Choudhary at Barari. During his stay at the house of Choudhary, he used to walk on the bank of river Ganga (Barari water-works) and used to talk with people there.
“This the place inside Barai water-works campus where Swami Ji used to walk, sit on meditation and talk with people during his weeklong stay here. In 1978, Late Swami Madhabanand Puri, the than secretary of Ramkrishna Ashram, Bhagalpur managed to put the statue of Vivekananda here inside the campus of water-works. It’s a very sacred place for Bhagalpur so we put much concentration on how to develop this place,” said Tapash Ghosh, a member of BBA-Barari branch.
Raman Sinha, a senior professor in the faculty of history at Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University said that apart from mediation and addressing people on the river bank here, Swami Ji who was also a very good singer, used to sing songs which enchanted local people. “On seeing Swami Ji’s great
interests on music, Choudhary with permission from Swami Ji, organized a Sangeet Sabha at this place and Swami Ji’ sang songs. His voiced played a magic on his audiences and the enchanted huge gathering spent silently the entire night here on river bank while enjoying Swami Ji’s songs,” he said from the version of early locals.
Early this morning local chapter of Sri Ramakrishna Pathachakra taken out a grand Prabhat Ferry (morning procession) consists of school students from different schools and people from different walks of lives was taken out from Durga Charan High school. The procession was taken out from Durga Charan High school campus but like previous years, it could not move around the
city mainly due to road jam with trucks and heavy vehicles. However the procession reached to Ramakrishan Ashram Middle school where the participants garlanded the statute of Swami jee there. The statue of Swami Ji was also installed at the school once by Late Swami Madhabanand Puri.
“The places attached with Swami Ji’s memories should be protected and be developed, we should thankful to Late Madhabanand who at least installed many such statues of different great Indian personalities who once came and stay at the city,” said Amlan Kumar Dey, a central committee member of BBA.