Kamalabari Satra is the most significant and renowned place in Majuli. The largest river island is known to be the centre for neo-Vaishavinism in Assam that was promoted by Srimanta Sankardeva. ‘Kamala’ means orange and ‘bari’ means garden in Assamese. The Kamalabari Satra was established in the year 1595 by Badala Ata, a celebrated disciple of Madhavadeva.
The Kamalabari Satra is regarded as the centre of art, culture and literature for centuries. It is from Kamalabari that Sattriya Dance got its popularity later getting the status of a classical dance form.
Every year, the monsoon makes the Satra vulnerable and much has been destroyed in the incessant floods that Majuli experiences.
Kamalabari Satra is also famous for creating mythological sculptures. The best time to visit Kamalabari Satra is when the monsoon recedes and the island is not flooded. Tourists have to take a ferry from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat to reach the Satra.
Dakhinpat Satra is one of the famous socio-religious institutions in Majuli, which is an island in Assam. It was formed by a disciple of Vamshigopal. It is an important centre of art and culture exhibiting various forms of sculptures, paintings and dances and it was patronised by the kings of Ahom dynasty.
It is also called the house of dance, as a variety of dance forms have been contributed by Shri Sankardeva. It was established in the year 1584. The gateway of the Satra is ornamental and many religious motifs and images of flowers and animals are engraved on it.
The National Festival of Assam, known as Rasleela is celebrated every year here. Thousands of devotees pay visit here during the festival. Banmalidev, the founder of this Satra was a supporter of Rasleela.
The monks who live in Satras are known as bhakats and presently there are ninety to hundred bhakats. The institution is under the surveillance of the Satradhikar. The remains and manuscripts of saint Srimanta Sankardeva have been preserved by the Satradhikars. These Satras follow the Mahapuruxia Dharma. The idol of Mahaprabhu Jadavarai is worshipped in the Satra.
The Auniati Satra is another famous Satra in Majuli. It was established in 1653 by Niranjan Pathakdeva. The Auniati Satra is famous for Paalnaam and Apsara Dance. The Paalnaam is one of the most significant religious festivals of the Satra. It is celebrated during the month of November.
In the main prayer hall of the Satra, prayers continue from morning to evening and this tradition has been uninterruptedly happening for the last 350 years. The Sattriya dance performance held here is dedicated to Lord Govinda in the main prayer hall (Naam Ghar).
Apart from the Paalnaam, there are several other religious festivals that take place here such as the Raas-Leela, Janmasthami, Holi, Bohag Bihu (Assamese New Year), etc. The Auniati Satra is also famous for its wide collection of traditional Assamese utensils, handicrafts and jewellery. Tourists can reach the Satra from Dhemaju and Luit-Khabolughat in North Lakhimpur.
Majuli is famous for its Satras, and one of the popular centres is Benganaati Satra. It is known to house a wide collection of antiques that is culturally very significant. The Benganaati Satra is also home to the advanced centre of performing arts that was established by Muraridev, the grandson of Srimanta Sankardev’s stepmother.
The Benganaati Satra, similar to the other Satras in the island not only upholds the culture and values taught by Srimanta Sankardeva but also serves as a museum preserving old artefacts. One of the most famous artefacts in the Satra is the royal robe that belonged to the Ahom king, Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha.
Along with the gold robe, there are other things belonging to the Ahom king such as a gold umbrella. Both these precious things are preserved here. For travelling to Benganaati Satra, tourists need to take the ferry from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat to reach Majuli.
Located 110 km from Majuli is Chetia Gaon, one of the well known tourist sites situated in North Lakhimpur. Tourists visiting Majuli often make a trip to Chetia Gaon to enjoy the beauty of the Subansiri river, one of the biggest rivers in Assam after the mighty Brahmaputra.
It is a nature lover’s paradise with the flora and fauna which can be seen along the river. Subansiri river is known for its fast currents, and one of the largest hydropower projects in the country is coming up in its downstream.
Chetia Gaon offers ample scope of adventure for tourists such as trekking in the nearby forests and along the banks of the river. This place is surrounded by Gogamukh Bordoloni, Dhapaliagaon and Dhakuakhana which are also popular with tourists. Don’t forget to try out the local cuisine which is one of the highlights of the place.
Tengapania is a noted picnic spot on the banks of Brahmaputra river. The beautiful picnic spot close to Majuli is bounded by Dhakuakhana, Machkhoa and Disangmukh. Tengapania draws tourists all throughout the year. The beautiful Brahmaputra river can be truly experienced from Tengapania.
Since Tengapania is situated on one of the banks of the river, it can be said that it is one of the best picnic spots in the area. Tengapania is closest to the town of Sibsagar. Moreover, it is well connected to both Majuli and Jorhat making it possible for tourists to make a quick trip to these destinations on the same day.
The easiest way to reach Tengapania is to board a train to Simaluguri Junction, the closest railhead to the picnic spot. From the railway station, it is very easy to reach Tengapania.
Shamaguri Satra is one of the attractions of Majuli and an important Vaishnavism centre of Assam. The Satra has interesting mask crafts and artworks that have been attracting tourists for decades. Shamaguri Satra is also regarded as an important centre of art, and cultural and classical studies.
Just as all the Satras in Assam are institutions not only of religious importance but also as cultural centres, the Shamaguri Satra is the place where craftsmanship is highly regarded and also taught. Today the Satra is a leading institution where old craftsmanship such as mask making is being taught.
The easiest way to reach the Shamaguri Satra is to travel to Jorhat and take the ferry from Nimati Ghat to Majuli. The other option is to travel to Luit-Khabolughat in Lakhimpur and then reach Majuli. The best time to visit Shamaguri is during the winters when the temperatures are favourable, and the Brahmaputra recedes from the island.
Bongaori is one of the popular places with the tourists visiting Majuli. Assam has a rich history of the Ahom dynasty which ruled over the land for more than 600 years. Bongaori offers you a glimpse into the rich heritage of Assam as many small Sattras can be found at Bongaori.
The bio-diversity of this place will leave you amazed as it has been untouched by the ill effects of modernism where people continue to live the same way as their ancestors have lived for generations in complete harmony with nature. This place is one of the perfect getaways for anyone looking for peace and serenity during their trip to Assam.