Majuli, The heavenly island

The land between two parallel rivers surrounds by the divine Brahmaputra river, summed up with rich culture , varied heritage . The first largest river island of world been the first island district of country covering a 553 km2 area .It is the center point of  Neo-Vaishnavite culture, under the efforts of Srimanta Sankaradeva, Neo- Vaishnavite is a small part of Hinduism, brought by the reformation movement in old Hinduism, spreading the religion among the people through songs and folklore.

Majuli has been the capital of culture for the Assamese civilization from 16 th century. The main reason for its rich and colourful culture is its ethnic tribes, such as Brahmins, Kalitas, Kochs, Naths, Koibartas, Mishings, Deori, Sonowol Kacharis, Ahoms. Chutiyas, Suts.

it known for the creation of the Neo-Vaishnavism, such as satras or monasteries, the holy corer of the Ekasarana dharma, Satras been the center point of neo- vaishnavite culture, under the efforts of Srimanta Sankaradeva, followed up with opening of  64  satras, each having its own significance with unique history, but due to consequences of flood and erosion, Majuli left with 31 satras of worth watching or some shifted to safer places.

the Satras for once a visit are:

Samuguri Satra:

The satra is renowned for its fascinating mask-making culture or Mukha Samskriti.

Dakhinapat satra:

The center of art and culture exhibiting various forms of sculptures, paintings, and dances and it was patronized by the kings of the Ahom dynasty.

Garmur Satra:

Garmur Satra has been the divine venue for the organizing of cultural activities such like Raas Utsav or the Raas festival.

Kamalabari Satra :

It’s the center of culture, art, literature studies.

Raas Utsav:

The grand occasion of Majuli is the Raas Utsav, a celebration of 4 to 5 days in month of November every year , presenting the life of lord Krishan in rich artistic and cultural form by many experienced women and men artists.

Food culture :

Majuli food culture includes mixed authentic dishes of different tribes, such as Porag aapin (rice cooked in a leaf), vegetables, and Pamnam fish and chicken baked in banana leaf, or pork, chicken, or fish cooked in bamboo pipes.

Routes for arrival to Majuli:

• Take the ferry from the Neemati ghat, Jorhat to the kamalabari ghat, Majuli. Duration of 57 to 60 minutes.

•  By Air, Jorhat Airport is the nearest airport to Majuli, then take a ferry to reach Majuli, book a taxi from Jorhat to Neemati ghat, The last ferry depart at 3:00 pm everyday.

•By bus, there are many buses available from Guwahati to Majuli route of 13 to 14 hours.

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