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http://swarajyamag.com/politics/the-nefarious-attempts-of-the-congress-to-takeover-kamakhya-temple/Jayant Chowdhury4 Feb, 2016
The Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in Assam is even willing to disregard the Supreme Court's verdict in its bid to takeover the Kamakhya temple
An attempt by the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in Assam to take over the management of the ancient Kamakhya temple has been nixed, albeit temporarily.
The state government had introduced a bill (the Assam Sri Sri Maa Kamakhya Devalaya Management Bill, 2015) in the state assembly on Monday that would have led to the creation of a board, headed by a serving or retired IAS officer and comprising members nominated by the government, representatives from the temple management, and the district administration as well as the state revenue and finance departments, to look after the management and development of the temple.
After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) members objected to the bill, the government withdrew it temporarily.
But to fully understand the sinister motive behind the Congress government's attempt to take over the Kamakhya temple, it is important to delve a bit into its history. The management and administration of the Kamakhya temple, one of the most powerful Shakti peeths and an important religious site for Hindus, has been under two 'Dolois' who are elected by the 'Bardeuris' or priests of the principal Kamakhya temple, since the time of the Ahom kings.
These Bardeuris are descendants of the famous Kanyakubja Brahmins of Kannauj and were brought over to run the Kamakhya temple by Maharaja Dharmapala of the Pal dynasty in mid-11th century. There are four clans of Bardeuris and each adult male of the four clans (there are around 450 of them) can stand for election to the post of the two Dolois .
The person getting the highest number of votes becomes the 'Dangor Doloi' and the one getting the second-highest votes become the 'Xoru Doloi' ('Dangor' means 'elder' in Assamese, and 'Xoru' is 'younger'). The two Dolois have five-year tenures.
In 1992, Jnananda Prasad Sarma and Paran Chandra Sarma were elected as the 'Dangor' and 'Xoru' Dolois respectively. But when their terms were about to end in 1997, they constituted the Kamakhya Debutter Board to run the temple. Over time, this Board came to be packed with priests and pandas loyal to the Congress, which has been in power for most of the time in Assam since Independence.