DIPHU, Dec 5: The Art and Culture department of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) paid homage to legendary Karbi heroine Kajir Ronghangpi at Kajir Ronghangpi Memorial Park, Kohora under Duarbagori Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) constituency on Monday.
Chief executive member (CEM) of KAAC, Tuliram Ronghang along with the chairman, KAAC, Raju Tisso; MP Horensing Bey; MLAs, executive members (EMs) of KAAC and Member of Autonomous Council (MACs) attended the programme. The dignitaries paid floral tributes and garlanded the statue of Kajir Ronghangpi.
The CEM said from next year the homage programme of Kajir Ronghangpi will be organised in a grand way in line with the death anniversary of Bir Lachit Borphukan.
The CEM said, “Kajir Ronghangpi is a Karbi legendary figure, who ruled the present Kaziranga National Park area. From next year the KAAC has decided to observe ‘homage to Kajir Ronghangpi’ as an important day in line with the observation of the death anniversary of Bir Lachit Borphukan. It will be a daylong observation with cultural night in the evening.”
Legends say that the word ‘Kaziranga’ came from the name Kajir Ronghangpi.
The woman legendary figure Kajir Ronghangpi was the daughter of Hok Ronghang.
It is believed that she was taken to and brought up in the abode of gods and goddesses. On attaining divinity and being blessed with divine powers, Kajir Ronghangpi came down to earth in search of her parents and brothers.
She rebuilt the territory of her father in and around the present Kaziranga National Park.
Masses believe that she brought with her ‘kindu’ – rhinoceros for tilling the earth. Kajir Ronghangpi went back to the abode of gods leaving the kindu behind.
A spot painting competition was organised for children on the occasion and prizes were given away later.
The programme was chaired by EM, KAAC, Health & Family Welfare and Art & Culture, Surjya Rongphar.