Nalanda Dialog Mission, Hazaribag, in collaboration with INTACH, Hazaribag chapter, is going to conduct a Walk (Padyatra) down the River Mohani from Itkhori Chatra (Jharkhand) to Bodhgaya (Bihar) during 13th–15th of January 2018. A discussion Seminar will be held on the 2nd day.
This Padyatra is intended to commemorate Prince Siddhartha’s journey down this river as the local myths claim. Local myths corroborate the Sakya Prince Siddhartha’s extensive journey through the today’s Jharkhand before he was enlightened in Urubela village near Gaya.
5th Century B. C. is famously known as the embryonic phases of developments of Indian Philosophy as well as many of our cultural hallmarks – a vibrant period incubating different belief systems of diverse metaphysical origins geographically located mostly in today’s Bihar. The entire region, extending all the way from the southern bank of the river Ganga to present Chotanagpur plateau, was actually a hub of parallel cultures of so called non-Vedic origins.
The nomadic people here of different diasporic as well as ethnic origins including the tribal like Santhal, Munda, Oraon, Asura were something like bulk of floating masses with belief and practices incompatible with those prevalent in North Bihar.
Though Buddha and Mahavīra’s fundamental teaching were outgrowth, in one way or other, of these all incompatibilities, our later mainstream history of philosophy is mostly depleted off these early pre-enlightment accounts of mutual rejection and assimilation took place specifically in South Bihar. However, sporadic remains of these early conflicts are still visible in Hazaribag and surroundings though masked in many different ways by mist of time.
Please treat this post as intimation as well as invitation to take part in this Padyatra. Detailed Program as well as the Registration procedure soon follows with further relevant information.
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D Gangopadhyay (Convener, Nalanda Dialog Mission)
Bulu Imam (Convener, INTACH, Hazaribag Chapter)
(The post has been only minimally edited by EF)