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Bhagavad Gita inscribed on Muga silk contrive Hinduism in Assam culture

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A lady weaver Hemprabha is weaving Bhagavad Gita on Muga cloth in Sanskrit and English. She is from a town called Dibrugarh in Assam. Muga silk is a product of the silkworm endemic to Assam. Designs on Cloths, sarees, kurtas etc made of Muga silk tell us so much about Assamese culture. With Hemprabha weaving the Gita on Muga is itself a storytelling. breaking the Language barrier till now she has completed weaving 500 verses in Sanskrit and a chapter in English onto the cloth. We know that The Bhagavad Gita is one of the holy books of Hinduism which is a 700-verse manuscript in Sanskrit. The Gita is inscribed in a narrative framework of dialogues between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna. Arjuna is counselled by Lord Krishna to fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and establish Dharma.

Hemprabha started this work in December 2016 and it has been more than a year that she has been working on it. This is not the first attempt of Hemprabha to weave manuscripts on cloth, earlier she had weaved six stanza of Sankardev Gunamala in Assamese language on a 17 inch broad and 80 feet long Guna and Muga Silk cloth, which took nine months to complete. This time she is weaving in Sanskrit and English.

“After the hard work of nine month, I weaved the Gunamala on cloth. I have been appreciated a lot all over the state for my work. Now I am weaving Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit and English language,” she said.

Hemprabha, want to store her work in a museum and has even urged the government for preservation and display of her work. She has a point though as her work symbolizes how Assamese culture is influenced by the Bhagavad Gita which revolves around the teachings of lord Krishna. If you are in Assam you will always find  ‘Namghars’ around which is a religious worship place. People worship Garuda which is a legendary bird-like creature found in Hindu mythology known as the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu God Vishnu. Lord Vishnu incarnated on earth, one of them was as Lord Krishna.

These Facts make the long cloth of Muga even more important which blends the Hindu religion more into the culture. With incidents whereas North Indians treated unwell in other parts of the country. Such piece of art deserves to be kept in the capital Museum of the country helping others know more about the state’s culture and to weave us all in the same golden thread called religion.

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