Majuli River Island
Majuli River Island

Majuli River Island

Majuli, among the largest freshwater riverine island in the World, is surrounded by mighty Brahmaputra and hence the name Majuli meaning ‘in the middle’. This is where the 15th Century saint and fountainhead of Assamese culture, Srimanta Sankardeva, first established a Satra or Neo Vaishnavite monastery.

Apart from that, this island is also home to the Mishings, the Deoris and the Sonowal Kacharis and other Assamese races. A walk through the villages of Majuli is highly recommended to savor the warmth of the people and their simple way of life. Most of them practice agriculture, fishing and weaving. Majuli also has exciting bio diversity. If the visit timed right, one can spot many rare and endangered avifauna species here. The treasures of Majuli are undoubtedly its Vaisnavite Satras. The first satra was set up by Sankardeva and Madhabdeva together but now no longer extent. Subsequently, Majuli became the centre of 65 such Satras. Of these, 31 survive today.