Majuli perhaps the largest riverine island in the world nestles in the lap of the mighty Brahmaputra. Her face uplifted to the limitless frontiers of the blue sky, her feet perpetually caressed by the lapping water of the holly  Brahmaputra, her vision stretched to the distance hills of Himalayan and other ranges, Majuli is a creation of non other than the master of craftsman who moulded God himself. No wonder then that the sublime and the serene atmosphere of the island- the intimate companionship of the soul with the elements and the river provided the backdrop for the historic moni Kanchon Sanjog  between Vaishnavite pioneer Saint of Assam Shankardeva and his disciple Madhabdeva in the 15th Century. Ever since that meeting of the great minds and the subsequent establishment of Satras that followed, Majuli emerged as the crowning glory of Vaishnavite Culture in Assam. Multifaceted in its attractions. Majuli, Unfolds a vanity of interest to the tourists. Rare migratory birds, traditional handicraft and pottery, ethnic culture and dance etc. The most remarkable feature of Majuli, apart from its aura of spiritualism in a total population free environment, it is the colourful mosaic of diverse ethnicity. A vibrant tradition of art and craft is an important component of culture continuum of Majuli. Music, Dance, Drama were the basic medium deployed in propagating the monotheistic philosophy of Vaishnavism. The self taught artisans of Majuli transform a small piece of wood or bamboo to exquisite works of art. Basketry, ivory, silver filigree works are a few of the traditional crafts still being carried on the island. There are 22 Satras, 243 villages in Greater Majuli and three main inhabitants are Assamese, Mishing and Deori.

The people of Majuli represent the varied ethnic forms of cultural heritage. Hospitality of Majulians are remarkable. One who visited the island cannot but appreciate the simplicity and inherent spirit of the people. As you travel through this river island you will experience tribes with traditions you could never imagine to be in existence. Open-heart attitude, which is the hallmark of the Majulians, is sure to make carry their images all throughout your life.

 

What to see : Vaishnava Satra founded by Sankardeva, the father of Assamese culture.In fifteen century Shankardeva took shelter in Majuli and spent a couple of months at Beloguri (in West Majuli), which was a place of glory for the historic and auspicious, 'Manikanchan Sanjog' between Shankardeva and Madhavdeva . This was the first "satra" in Majuli, From "Manikanchan Sanjog" there had been sixty five "Satras frowing up for propogation of ethics and socio-cultural ideals. But at present there are only twenty two satras in Majuli. The other had to be shifted to other safer places due to devastation of flood and erosion. Among those the main existing satras are (a) Dakhinpat Satra, (b) Garamurh Satra, (c) Auniati Satra, (d) Kamalabari Satra, (e) Bengenaati Satra and (f) Samaguri Satra. These Satras are the treasure house of "Bongeet " Matiakhara, Jumora Dance, Chali Dance, Notua Dance, Nande Vringee, Sutradhar, Ozapali, Apsara Dance, Satria Krishna Dance, Dasavater Dance etc. which were contributed by Shri Shankardeva.       

 

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