Glowing tributes paid to Kajir Ronghangpi

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Guest house in Kajir Ronghangpi’s name to come up at Kohora

HT Bureau

KOHORA, Dec 5: Glowing tributes were paid to Karbi legendary figure Kajir Ronghangpi from whom Kaziranga got its name, at a function organised by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) at Kajir Ronghangpi Memorial Park in Kohora on Thursday.

According to the legend, Kajir Ronghangpi was the daughter of Hok Ronghang, a Karbi chief in the territory of present Kaziranga. But Kajir was taken to heavenly abode and raised by the gods and goddesses. Kajir then descended back to the earth in search of her worldly parents and to rebuild the lost territory of her father.

Legend also said that she brought with her a rhinoceros for ploughing the soil. She has left the one horned rhinoceros on earth. The present name Kaziranga was derived from Kajir Arong, meaning Kajir’s Village.

Every year, KAAC organised homage ceremony for the Kajir and declared December 5 as holiday.

On the occasion, chief executive member of KAAC, Tuliram Ronghang announced the construction of Kajir Ronghangpi guest house and entrance gate at Kajir Ronghangpi Memorial Park at Kohora. The work will be completed within one year and will be inaugurated in the next homage ceremony for Kajir Ronghangpi.

The CEM said people should be kept alive the legend of Kajir Ronghangpi by loving animals and birds. Executive member (EM) Madhuriya Dekhial Phukan said Karbis have a close bond with the one-horned rhino and Kaziranga. “If there were no Karbis or Kajir Ronghangpi then the present Kaziranga would not have existed,” he said.

The dignitaries offered floral tributes to the statue of Kajir Ronghangpi. The CEM also inaugurated open stage and public toilet at the park. In the morning, drawing competition was organised by art & culture affairs department for school children, for which prizes were given away later.

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