Arunachal To Strengthen Rukmini Krishna Yatra Circuit To Gujarat

| Updated: 17 June, 2022 9:26 pm IST
NMA chairman Tarun Vijay with Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein


ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh government will strengthen the state’s age-old cultural connection with Gujarat through Rukmini and Lord Krishna story.

The decision was taken in a meeting of National Monuments Authority (NMA) chairman Tarun Vijay and deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on Thursday.

The announcement follows a visit by an NMA team to the legendary Bhishmak Nagar ruins of Rukmini palace where members of the Mishmi tribe still sing the saga of Rukmini’s marriage to Lord Krishna.

In Gujarat’s Porbandar, the marriage of Lord Krishna to Rukmini, who is believed to be from Arunachal Pradesh, is celebrated fervently.

Authorities are planning a visit by a group of Gujaratis to Bhishmak Nagar to boost cultural tourism between Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh, two states situated on the far west and fast east corners of the country.

NMA chairman Vijay said that a yatra has also been planned between the two states on a national level in winters this year.

Emphasising the importance of strengthening threads of national unity through civilisational connections, the NMA chief said, “Arunachal needs a very special attention for the preservation of its cultural memory as the onslaughts of western culture and rapid proselytisation are making a negative impact on its heritage and gradually the verbal history transferred from one generation to other is vanishing as village elders, Igus (traditional healers and priests contemptuously called shamans by British anthropologists) are fast becoming a thing of past.”

During their Arunachal visit, the NMA team was accompanied by renowned architect and cultural conceptualise from Gujarat, Hemraj Kamdar and Prof Kailash Rao from Andhra Pradesh to help visualise the Mission National Unity through Rukmini-Krishna legend.

The team visited a number of indigenous archaeological sites and is preparing a detailed report to preserve the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of this sensitive border state.

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