SIVASAGAR, Sept 25: Best known as the Shaktipeeth, since Ahom Rule in Upper Assam, historic Ramkhapeeth Devalaya at Deughoria village in the Dikhowmukh area of Sivasagar is all set to celebrate Durga Puja with traditional Vedic methods.
Historical facts reveal that the Shaktipeeth was in existence since the days of the Chutia kingdom and a large number of original tribal inhabitants of the region used to come to the Shaktipeeth every year to offer puja during the Durga Puja. But after the annexation of the Chutia kingdom by the Ahom kingdom, it gradually lost its glory. The main Shaktipeeth, as the record says, was engulfed by the river Brahmaputra and only some ruins could be recovered. The latter was rebuilt by Ahom king, Lakhmi Singha beside the confluence of the mighty Brahmaputra, the Dikhow, and the Dorika river at the village. It is pertinent to be mentioned here that the lush green landscape with vast paddy fields, reeds with whitish elephant grass and reed flowers, and the cacophony of wild ducks in autumn are just enough to catch the attention of any visitor of Ramkhapeeth during this period. A Namghar of Vaishnavite traditions is located at the same premises as the Shaktipeeth. Besides the devotees of Sivasagar, people from North Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sadiya, Jorhat, and many other districts come to offer puja during the period of Durga Puja at Ramkhapeeth.