Hayagriva Madhava Mandir(Temple)

A temple preaching Hinduism dating back to 6th Century situated at Hajo,which is around 30Kms from Guwahati City.

This Temple is a famous tourist spot as well as pilgrimage center among the locals as well as people coming from different parts..It is famous for its Stone Carvings and this temple was initially built with Stones and represents the assamese arts,the deity worshiped here is of “NaraShima”,the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu of Half Man-Half Lion.

Here are some of the Snaps of this Temple…

Madhab Mandir Gate

Madhab Mandir Gate

Entrance to the Madhab Mandir,The steps are made from Stone Carvings

The Math

The Math

Sideways view of the main Temple..

Stone Carvings

Stone Carvings

Stone Carvings

Stone Carvings

 

Majuli–The Largest River Island of India

Anyone heard about Majuli–If No then Read on and If Yes then also I insist you to read on.. 😀

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The Largest river Island in India situated in the North-Eastern state of Assam which was used to be the Largest Island in the world but arguably still the largest inhabited river island…

The Nomination of including Majuli in the UNESCO World Heritage Site definitely makes it one of the destinations to visit when you are on a trip to North East India..

A land of Vaishnavite culture and situated on the middle of the river Brahmaputra,Majuli has been the Cultural Capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. Home to 22 Satras and the principal seat of Vaishnavite faith, culture and practice. The Satras are Vaishnava monasteries established in the 16th century by the saint and cultural reformer Srimanta Sankaradeva and his disciple IVIadhab Deva.

Top View Majuli

Top View Majuli

A total area 500 sq.km which is in continuous shrinkage due to erosion and the increase of river surrounding but that does not prevent it of the fact of being a site of Historical Importance for Assam dated back to 16th Century.

How To Reach:-Majuli is around 20 kms from Jorhat City, can be reached bus to taxi to Namiti Steamer Ghat from where ferry services ply to the island. The journey takes about 3 hours.

Jorhat City can be reached form Guwahati,the capital city of Assam by Train, Bus or Air.By road the diatsnce is about 300 km and it takes around 6-7 hours,there is direct train services from Guwahati to Jorhat and regular Air Services ply for Guwahati to Jorhat..But those making a trip to Majuli,I insist them to take the Road to adore the nature on the way to Majuli…

What to See:-Though there is lot more to see and enjoy in entire North-East India but to a enjoy relaxing and peaceful vacation for few days and adoring the Assamese Culture this place is very recommended. You can experience the lifestyle of the local tribes there. Mishing, Assamese and Deuri are the local inhabitants of this place. They are helpful and charming.

Garmur Satra,Majuli

Garmurh Satra,Majuli

The Satras are a delight to watch build in the ancestral period. Some of the main Satras to watch are The Vaishnava Satras founded by Sankardeva,Dakhinpat Satra,Garamurh Satra,Kamalabari Satra,Shamaguri Satra.These satras are also the treasure-house of “Borgeet” Matiakhara, Satriya Dances.Tourist can also have a view of the Mask, a type of Handicraft the people of Majuli prepare in Shamuguri Satra that is famous all over India.

Dakhinpat Satra-Majuli,Performs Raasleela

Dakhinpat Satra-Majuli,Performs Raasleela

Dakhinpat Satra,Majuli-Performs Raasleela

Dakhinpat Satra,Majuli-Performs Raasleela

 

Apart from these Majuli being an Island is also famous for it flora and fauna, The southern part of the Island is world’s largest riverine Island so it is bird lovers paradise,Between November and March is the best time to visit the Island.The Southwest, The Southeast and The Northern Part of Majuli Island provide a perfect spot for Bird Watching.

For enjoying the Majuli Culture,one can experience it through the festival being celebrated at Majuli.Some of them are The Ali-ai-ligang festival in Feb-March, Paal Naam festival at the end of Winter, In time of Raasleela many people come to visit Garamur Satra. The colorful festival and depiction of Lord Krishna’s life make it a nice event there. These colorful festivals leave tourist spellbound and they get a chance to mix with the Traditions and Cultures of the Locals…

Traditional House

Traditional House

Best time to visit Majuli the winter time…..Now Doesn’t that sounds quite exciting?

*Image Credits–Google

North-East India has the potential to rise as a Tourism Destination,if only the Government look to this,if only locals are more active in spreading its beauty,if only People from different parts show some interest in this Beautiful Paradise Known as North-East India….And I hope my little contribution serve the purpose.. 😀

Where to Stay:-These are the list of some Accommodation available in Majuli.

Alohee Ghar
Kakoti Guest House, Ph.9435203418
Kamalabari Satra Guest House,Ph.03775-273302 La Maison De Ananda, Ph.5597186356
Seuj Ville,Ph.9435734138
Circuit house at Garamurh,Head Quarter of Majuli Contact: SDO (Civil) Majuli,Ph 03775-274424 Majuli eco-tourism Lodge
Nearest airport: Rowriah (Jorhat)
Railway Station: Jorhat
Police Station: Garamukh P.S., Ph. No. 435, Kamalabari P.S., Ph. No. 430

You can also go through these organizations for planning your trip perfectly….

Majuli Island Protection & Development Council
68 South Avenue
New Delhi-110 011
Tel: +91-11-23792214

Sapta Sahid Road
GS Road, Mathura Nagar
Guwahati 781006
Tel: +91-361-2331937
Fax: +91-361-2611081