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Kritika Maurya Jul 16 2013

Which are the different satras one can visit in Majuli and what are they known for?

Reet Cheema Jul 16 2013
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The satras in Majuli predate the birth of the island. In the early 16th century, Assamese Vaishnavite reformer and saint Shankardev established the first satra at Belguri, the western part of Majuli, which no longer exists thanks to erosion. Soon after, other satras came up, and Majuli became the hub of these unique cultural monasteries — different satras have their religious ceremonies and dance and drama peformances.

Many of them are storehouses of valuable assets, jewellery and manuscripts from the royal Ahom days. The main satras you can visit are:

Kamlabari Satra: Once displaced by soil erosion, it lost many old manuscripts, but has a lot to offer. The Ankia Naat drama and Saali Nitya dance are famous.

Dakhinpat Satra (20 km from Kamlabari): Known for its Ras Leela (Oct/ Nov).

Auniati Satra (5 km from Kamlabari): Its Pal Naam ceremony (Oct/ Nov), Dashavatar Nitya and puppet shows are quite extraordinary.

Garhmur Satra

Garhmur Satra (6 km from Kamlabari): Known for its Ras Leela, a huge wooden pair of Garuda birds and old utensils.

Bengenaati Satra
(8 km from Kamlabari): The Natua and Ojapali dances, and its Fakua festival (somewhat similar to Holi) are famous.

Shamaguri Satra
(12 km from Kamlabari): Wood, bamboo and cane masks.

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