Ushankar Photography | Majuli, Assam
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Majuli, Assam

About This Project

Mājuli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam, India. The island is about 200 kim east from the state’s largest city —Guwahati. It was formed due to course changes by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries, mainly the Lohit. Mājuli is the abode of the Assamese neo-Vaisnavite culture.


The highlight of the travel was visiting and understand the dwellers of Majuli mainly the Mising tribe and the Vaishnavites. The Mising tribe live off the river and understand the various moods of the Brahmaputra and learnt to adapt in the harshest of conditions.


The island has been the hub of Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture, initiated around 15th century by the revered Assamese saint Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciple Madhavdeva. Many Satras or monasteries constructed by the saint still survive and represent the colourful Assamese culture. Witnessing the dances and the chanting in the Satras transports oneself to another paradigm.

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