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Anupriya Bedi Apr 02 2014

What are the various attractions in Majuli?

Reet Cheema Apr 02 2014
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Majuli is not a fully developed tourist spot yet, so this means your holiday will be filled with unusual experiences. Be it living in a tribal village and eating off the river (the fish is delicious) or staying in the customary confines of the satras. Base yourself in Kamlabari town, the most tourist-friendly area, or in Garhmur. Here is the list of various attractions in Majuli.

The satras

The satras in Majuli predate the birth of the island. In the early 16th century, the great Assamese Vaishnavite reformer and saint Srimanta Shankardev established the first satra at Belguri, the western part of Majuli, which no longer exists, having been washed away due to erosion. Soon after, other satras started coming up. Land was easily available, the Ahom kings were generous patrons and there was water aplenty. Over time, Majuli became the hub of these unique cultural monasteries.

Photo of Garmur Satra (by Homen Biswas)

The Mishing villages

Though a visit to Mishing villages is rewarding at any time because of the tribe’s rich and vibrant culture, they specially come alive during two famous festivals — Ali Aai Ligang, celebrated during the sowing season, and Parag, a harvest festival. Dancing is the chief expression of exuberance, which may or may not have been induced by generous quantities of apong — the famous Mishing rice beer.

Other Attractions

A visit to Kumhar Gaon (very close to Dakhinpat) is a must, if for nothing else, just because in this entire village of potters not a single one uses the wheel. The people here are extremely skilled at fashioning symmetrical clay pots using only their hands. While in Majuli, ask around if any village is having a bhaona performance. This is rural religious theatre that takes its stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas. It’s held annually but at different times of year, depending on convenience.

These are some of the main attractions in Majuli you can see while you are visiting. So if you are thinking of visiting the place on upcoming vacation, plan ahead and book the hotels and train tickets well in advance. The nearest railway station is Mariani Railway Station Junction, which is about 35 km away. It is also advisable to keep checking for PNR Status to stay updated with the status of your ticket.

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