‘Mati Pahar’ needs government attention to be preserved 

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HT Correspondent 

BISWANATH CHARIALI, July 25: The historic ‘Mati Pahar’ in Biswanath district is in need of urgent attention from the Assam government.

Located in the bordering areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh at Monai-Jaishidhi area near Itakhola, the hill carries lots of historical evidence of King Arimatta’s rule.

Due to negligence, the hill has been lying in a dilapidated condition. Local people have urged the state government and the department concerned to look into the matter and to take needful action urgently.

The hill is a centre of attraction for tourists in some seasons due to its historical relevance. According to oral tradition, King Arimatta had built this hill as a shelter for his army.

However, the history behind naming the hill is yet to be known. Even the locals say that the hill was made of mud only, and this was the very reason behind it being named ‘Maati Pahar’.

Four ponds were dug to hide the arms and ammunition of King Arimatta’s army. The four ponds still exist beside the hill.

Tales have it that a road (Gorh) was constructed from Arunachal Pradesh to Biswanath Chariali that is known as Raj Gorh. Though many areas/parts/bodies of the road are not visible clearly, a skeletal view of the road is available somewhere.

It may be developed and re-designed in a tourist and environment friendly way so that it can attract tourists like the Agnigarh Pahar, Ouguri Pahar, etc.

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