Guwahati, October 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Assam government is planning to craft a religious tourist circuit comprising all places travelled by 15th century Vaishnavite scholar Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev. Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that steps are being taken to build tourist lodges to accommodate pilgrims.

According to a statement, Sarma stressed the requirement and opportunities for study on the life and teachings of Sankardev – one of the greatest Assamese scholars of all time.

The chief minister also highlighted the scholar’s role as a great social reformer, who laid the foundation stone of the greater Assamese society, reported him as saying while addressing a programme at Sri Sri Sankardev Mandir at Sualkuchi in Kamrup (Rural) district.

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Sarma added that the spiritual guru had developed a fine understanding of India, and its culture and civilisation via his pilgrimages to several religious places of India. The BJP leader noted that the scholar brought about an amalgamation of Indian and Assamese cultures.

The chief minister added that given Sankardev’s religious and social contributions, there is still adequate scope for research on his life and teachings. At the programme, Sarma also inaugurated the Srimanta Madhavdev Library.