Ideal Season: October to March Region: Assam, India
Majuli is the world’s largest inhabited river island. Majuli has been the cultural capital of Assamese civilisation since the 15th century and home to the Mishing tribes the only riverine tribal of Assam. The Satra (Monastery) is a heritage monastic institution conceived by the Sankardeva in the 15th century to spread the practise of Vaishavism and associate social reforms. Many Satras or monasteries constructed by the saint still survive and represent the colourful Assamese culture. The Satra is a unique socio – religious and cultural institution of Assam.
Garamurh Satra: Famous for the Raasleela which is enacted with pomp and celebrations.
Auniati Satra: The Satra is famous for the “Paalnaam” and Apsara Dances and also its extensive assortment of ancient Assamese artefacts, utensils, jewellery and handicrafts.
Kamalabari Satra: The Satra is a centre of art, cultural, literature and classical studies on the island.
Narashingha Satra: The Satra is especially famous for sashi puthi, mask, thio naam, ancient architecture, Bor geet, satriya dance, gupi dance etc.
Benegenaati Satra: It is a reliquary of antiques of cultural importance and an advance centre of performing art. Muraridev, the grandson of Sankaradeva’s stepmother was the founder of the Satra. The royal raiment belongs to the Ahom king Swargadeo Godadhar Singha, is made of gold. Also preserved is the royal umbrella made in gold.
Shamaguri Satra: The satra is famous for the mask making in India.
Bihimpur satra Satra: These satras are the treasure house of Borgeet Matiakhara, Ozapali, Apsara Dance, Satria Krishna Dance and Dasavater Dance etc, all promulgated by Srimanta Sankardeva.