Majuli River Island

Majuli, which nestles in the the mighty river Brahmaputra is considered the largest riverine island in Majuli Island Assam Jorhatthe world. Apart from being a river island, Majuli is also the land of Satra – which is a neo- Vaishnavite monastery that was set up by Srimanta Sankardeva who was a 15th century saint and a prominent figure of the Assamese culture. Srimanta Sankardeva had a spiritual successor who was Sri Madhabdeva.

Today, it is a known fact that Majuli is a place that practices the principles of the Vaishnavite faith with its full culture and faith. Majuli’s treasures are undoubtedly, the Satras which has survived ages since its inception in this river island. During the the age of Sankardeva, the first satra was set up which was known as Manikanchan Sanjog but it no longer exists today. Following this, Majuli became the centre of new satras that was made and the number of satras increased upto 65. However, with the passage of time, the satras started to be fragmented and hence gradually the number got down to just 22 satras.

Majuli island has also been in serious danger since today, its total area is just a fraction of what it was at its inception. Due to annual floods and high erosion, the island is no more 1256 sq. kms. that it initially was which was recorded by the Imperial Gazetteer in the year 1901. As  a result of this erosion problem in Majuli, many satras had to shift their base to Assam’s mainland. Majuli was declared first island district on Sep 8, 2016 by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. With Majuli becoming the 35th district of Assam, people living here can breathe easy. The current government has promised to take all necessary measures to solve the erosion problem of Majuli in the coming days.

The main and primary satras amongst them all are Garamurh Satra, Benegenaati Satra, Dakhinpat majuli satrasSatra, Samaguri Satra, Kamalabari Satra and Auniati Satra. The satras are the treasure grounds for the different types of cultural essences started by Sankardeva, such as the Motua dance, Nande Bringee, Dasavater dance, Jumora dance, Chali dance, Sutradhar, Ozapali, Apsara dance, "Bongeet" Matiakhara, etc.

Majuli is a place with simple and humble people whose warmth and generosity can be felt by merely talking to the people residing here. A stroll or walk around the villages of the island, is highly recommended to visitors in order to savor the place and its ethnicity. People of the island have a very simple way of life with fishing, boating, weaving, agriculture practising, etc. The bio diversity in Majuli is also very rich for a large number of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna such as the whistling teal, pelican and adjutant stork amongst others.

How to reach Majuli Island

Jorhat is a town in the upper parts of Assam, and Majuli is just a mere 20 kms.from Jorhat. Reaching Majuli is very easy via Jorhat since buses move to and from the town to Neamati Steamer Ghat which is the main ferry boarding point for Majuli. The entire journey takes around three hours, which involves a half hour bus ride. Though Jorhat remains the primary entry point into Majuli Island yet, Lakhimpur in the north and Dibrugarh in the east can be approached for the entry.

Festivals in Majuli

Ali-ai-ligang, is an annual festival celebrated by the Mishing community. It marks the ceremonial sowing of the paddy fields in the month of February-March.

Lord Shiva, is worshipped by the Sonowal-Kachari tribe in the Festival Bathow Puja which is celebrated in Majuli with great veneration.

The legendary love of Lord Krishna and Radha is also celebrated as a three-day festival in Majuli with full pomp in the month of November.

Paal Naam, is on the other hand a huge attraction in the island during the Autumn season which is held at the Auniati Satra.

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    peter sayle from Bangkok 459 Days ago

    are there dates known for festivals 2018 on majuli island? especially in the period from august to december?thank you and best regards peter sayle

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