Majuli: Blend of natural beauty and tradition

Doriya River of MajuliThe biggest river island in the world, Majuli is located on the river Brahmaputra in Assam and is formed by the Brahmaputra in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti joined by the river Subansiri in the north. This beautiful nature is also a home to many migratory birds.


Majuli has been the cultural capital of the Assamese civilization since the 16th century and its main village. Naghmar hosts all the important events, festivals and prayers. A good learning center for neo-Vaishnavite philosophy, there are 22 Vaishnava Satras in the city, the first of which was established in the 15th century by Sankaradeva, the father of Assamese culture. These attract a lot of tourists.

The festivals of Majuli are another crowd puller. The Raas Purnima, that takes place in the Hindu month Kartik showcases a dance performance based on Lord Krishna’s life and the Majuli festival during which special events are organized, sees several cultural troupes from all over Assam come to the town. The Paal Naam at the end of autumn and the Bathow Puja where Lord Shiva is worshipped are some other exciting festivals.

Language and traditions:

The local languages here are Mishing, Assamese and Deori.

Agriculture is the main source of income in the town; around 100 different varieties of rice are grown in Majuli. Komal Saul, a unique type of rice is eaten by locals as a breakfast cereal while the Bora Saul is a sticky brown rice used to make Pitha, a traditional cake. Pottery, handloom, boat-making, fishing and dairying are some of the other important economic activities. Face masks and pottery are a must-buy from Majuli.


Auniati Satra: The Satra is famous for “Paalnaam” and Apsara dances. Also remarkable is its extensive assortment of ancient artifacts, Assamese old utensils, jewellery and handicrafts.

Dakhinpat Satra: Raasleela, which is one of the main festivals of Assam, is observed here. During Rasotsava several thousand devotees visit these holy Satras every year.1 1496495826

Garamurh Satra: Some ancient weapons called “Bortop” (canons) are preserved here.

Kamalabari Satra: It is a centre of art, culture, literature and classical studies. The finest boats on the island are made here.

Bengenaati Satra: It is a storehouse of cultural antiques and an advanced centre of performing art. Belonging of the Ahom king Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha is preserved here. Royal gold umbrella is also on display here.

Shamaguri Satra: The satra is famous worldwide for its Mask-making tradition.

Places to visit:

Kamalabari Satra: It is one of the most famous sites of the island. It is religious site too that houses significant articles related to art, culture, literature and classical studies. The North Satr, another portion of the Kamalabari Satra participates in several cultural events of satria art in various Indian cities.

Garmur: One of the important attractions of Majuli, Gamur is among the many holy seats. Other prominent holy seats in the destination are Auniati, Daksinpath and Kamlabari. This Vaishnavite spot preserves ancient artifacts and articles, the most prominent among these being Bortop.

 Tengapania:  Located on the banks of river Brahmaputra, Tengapania is a spectacular and popular picnic spot of the region. It is bounded by Dhakuakhana, Machkhoa and Disangmukh and is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike.

Best time to visit:

September – March are quite pleasant as the temperature is low and perfect to enjoy the weather in this serene environment.

How to reach:

By flight: Majuli can’t be reached by air. It doesn’t have any airport. Jorhat airport is the only connecting point between Majuli and other cities.

By road: The place doesn’t have any well-maintained system of roadways. Bus or taxi is not available to Majuli.

By train: There is no train available to Majuli. As the island is not commercialized, it is kept as close to nature as possible. Hence, no railways tracks are laid there.

By waterways: Majuli is reachable via one medium, i.e., waterways. Ferries are available to reach the island. Since Majuli is surrounded by water bodies from all the sides, boats and ferries are used to go from one place of this city.

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