Gangtok, Dec 11 (IPR)
Governor Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister P. S. Tamang (Golay) have extended their warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Tongnam.
Governor in his message said, “the day falling on full moon day in the harvesting month of ‘Mangsir’ commemorates the birth anniversary of Teyongsi Sirijunga Singthebe, reverentially called Mahatma Sirijunga by our Limbo brethren. He is remembered as great social awakener who had disseminated the teachings of Yumaism (Yuma Samyo).
May the teachings of Mahatma Sirijunga continue to show us the way of peaceful co-existence in harmony with nature.”
Likewise, Chief Minister in his message stated that the birth anniversary of Teyongsi Sirijunga, whom we reverently called Mahatma Sirijunga is an occasion for all of us to remember his teachings and ideals in our quest to live in harmony with nature, fellow beings and preserving our culture.
Observed by the Limboo Community in Sikkim, Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Tongnam, marks the birth anniversary of the famous 18th-century scholar Teyongsi Sirijunga, who is greatly remembered for his legendary role as a revivalist of the Limboo’s age-old traditional legacy in the state.
In the present-day, Mahatma Sirijunga’s ethnic movement can be said to be one of Limboo empowerment through education. His writings and teachings through the Limboo alphabet and literary texts that he collected led to the start of an ethnic awakening. Sirijunga was able to establish centers of Limboo cultural and religious learning in many places throughout the eastern Himalayan hills.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister appealed to the people of Sikkim to draw inspiration from the life and teachings of Mahatma Sirijunga and try to replicate it in their lives.