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For a place frequently wrecked by the primal forces of nature, Majuli exhibits unequalled panoramic view. The island is a relaxed, shimmering mat of glowing rice fields and water meadows bursting with flowers. The winters are even more marvelous, with a yellowish tinge of cosmic carpets made of flowers of mustard seeds that the complete landmass sport, the enviable dusk and rich avifauna counting on those wide-ranging migratory ones roaming around the murky skies. Majuli is more than a tourist paradise. It is the hub of Vaishnavite culture and tradition in Assam and a distinctive concoction of ethnic and non-ethnic flavors. Life goes on here like a jamboree with palatable tribal and non-tribal delicacies, conviviality of the nights in sand isles with extravaganzas of drumbeats, singing and dancing, and of course, those stunning outfits in luminous colors dangling on the looms in tribal villages.

This place is multifaceted in its attractions and apart from relishing the laid-back vibe that pervades island life, the joie de vivre in this city, and the foregrounds of the visit incorporates bird watching and erudition on neo-Vaishnavite philosophy at one of Majuli’s ancient satras. The conglomeration and incorporation of all ethnic groups beneath the same sky, retaining their respective individual and traditional cultural entities, is a very conspicuous phenomenon that easily entices the visitors to this island.

Majuli and Natural Beauty

With the glorious history of five hundred years of Satriya living cultural tradition, the rich and varicolored tribal cultural elements and the organic beauty with a distinctive accumulation of flora and fauna; Majuli has the charm to beckon the tourists unraveling itself as paradise on the earth. The innumerable types of migratory birds that are found in Majuli which creates environs of bird sanctuary. Those interested in Birding would love the fact that the island is a reside to almost hundred species of birds that are rare and endangered like the Siberian, the Greater Adjutant Stork, and Pelican, and you can spend time and wallow in the gratification of bird-watching. Amid the most surreal places in India, Majuli is also a firm contester for a position in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

Festivals of Majuli

The Majuli festival is celebrated on the banks of the River Luit which is situated in the backdrop of immense magnificent beauty. The celebration starts from the 21st of the month of November and proceed for four days and ends on the 24th of November. Cultural performances exhibiting the tradition of the populace of Majuli are a forte of this festival. The native tribal and Assamese cuisine are a part of the celebrated food festival which is arranged during the Majuli festival. An exhibition is also organized showcasing the articles that indicate the richness of the tradition in the state of Assam. During the festival, attempts are made to organize and conduct jaunts for sightseeing in the region. The festival exhibits the fine art and culture of the state of Assam, it is held at the break of the winter season, and the exquisiteness of the surrounding and the grandeur landscape entices the tourists to pay a visit to the Majuli festival from all parts of the country. The pulchritude of the region and the lavishness of the culture are arrested in the single festival of Majuli. Other activities are also organized in the Majuli festival, discussions are held on diverse topics and seminars are also organized.

Garmur Satra

It is among the principle attractions of Majuli, which is considered among the sacred seats. An important form of dance called Raas leela is performed here with great keenness. It is a portrayal of the roguish sport played by Lord Krishna along with his Gopis, in the historic town of Vrindavan, on the embankment of the river Yamuna. 

Dakhinpat Satra

 Dakhinpat Satra is one of the major attractions of Majuli. Ahom King Jayadhwaja Singha patronized the chief satra, and it was founded by Vanamalidev, a proponent of Raasleela, which is presently viewed as one of the State festivals of Assam. Dakshinpat Xatra is a treasure trove of dances contributed by Shri Sankardeva such as the Sutradhar, Ozapali, Chali, Noyua, Nande Vringee, Borgeet, Matiakhara, Jumora, Apsara, Satria Krishna and Dasavater amid others while it is also a depository of antiques of cultural significance and an advanced centre for the performing arts.The gateway of the Satra is decorated and numerous religious motifs and images of flowers and animals are inscribed on it.

Auniati Satra

It was established by Niranjan Pathak Deva, and the presiding deity in this Satra is Sri Sri Gobinda. This Satra is noted to be of the Brahma Sanghati. In this Satra, the ‘Bhagavata Shravarna-Kirtana' and ‘Saidha' are performed on an everyday basis. The ‘Satradhikar' is the foremost authority of this Satra. A minimal of thirteen religious festivals in a year are celebrated at Auniati Satra. Among them are Bhaona, Janmashtami and the noted indelible day of all the Vaishanava Saints. The conspicuous festival of this Satra is Palnam which is celebrated in whole Assamese Kartika month during October to November. The festival is also popularly known as Akhanda Paalnam. This Satra is well-known for its dance performances like Sutradhar, Apsara, Ozapali, Natua etc. It also has a recherché collection of old utensils, handicrafts, and jewellery  of Assam. 

Kamalabari Satra

Kamalabari Satra is reckoned as one of the most noteworthy Satras of Assam.Kamalabari Satra was established by Bedulapadma Ata, and it has been not only the focus of Vaishnavism but it is also a hub of literature, art, culture and classical studies. It's branch Uttar Kamalabari Satra has performed cultural programmes of satria art in various states of India and overseas. The Kamalabari Satra has been fostering notable figures in Assam, it is abode to renowned musicians and performing artists, for example Late Maniram Dutta, Raseswar Saikia Barbayan, and Muktiyar Bayan who contributed appreciably towards bestowing of the Classical eminence upon Satriya Dance. On the other hand, the artists and disciples who are trained in the satra still performs worldwide now. The satra is noteworthy for fabricating sculptures of mythical characters as well as crafting beautiful boats. The present Kamalabari Satra can be arrived at by ferry from Nimatighat port near Jorhat. The appropriate season for a trip to Majuli and the Satra is in the winter from October to March.

Bengenaati Satra

Established by the grandson of Sankaradev's step mother, Muraridev, this Satra is situated at a distance of 4 kilometers to the east of Kamalabari. The royal robes made of gold of Ahom king Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha, and the golden umbrella are some of the prime attractions of the Satra. Sri Sri Bhabananda Dev Goswami is the Present Sattradhikar of the Satra. This Satra is a treasure-trove of culturally significant relics and an advanced cynosure of the the performing arts in Sankari tradition. Bengenaati Satra is noted across the world for its Uthanaam Nritya, Bhortal, Nammangal nritya. Phakuwa, the festival of color is celebrated here with pomp and jollification. The festival is generally celebrated here in month of February.

Samaguri Satra

The satra is acclaimed as a centre for classical and cultural studies. This Satra is also known as the mask-making satra of Majuli. These masks are utilized in Bhaona (a mythological play) and also Raas leela. Masks prepared by this satra were exhibited at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Performing for the Arts at New Delhi, Visva Bharati University in Kolkata, and Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra at Guwahati.

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