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Your one stop destination for Spiritual Tourism – the Golden Pagoda Temple, Tengapani, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!

What would you picture when you see an army of 300 architects working on one single project? Yes! True! An amazing wonder of a Construction that will surely be a breathtaking spectacle to your eyes! This wonder of a project is located in the tinsel town of Tengapani at the State of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Better known to the locals, a population of the Legendary Tai-Khamti Tribal people of North East India, as the ‘Kongmu-kham’ that we would prefer to call as the ‘Golden Pagoda Temple’.

The Golden Pagoda is located at Tengapani (also known as Chongkham), a town of an irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty,inspiring pagodas,temples and a robust cuisine.The vast expanse of Chongkham-Namsai area have a lush green forest, rich and colorful flora and fauna,exotic orchids and is criss-crossed by dozens of rivers and rivulets and tributaries of Lohit river. Chongkham is bounded in the north by the commanding snow ranges of the last fringes of ‘Himalayan Hump’ and the descending misty mountains of Patkai range to its east while its South and West opens and stretches upto the Brahmaputra valley in Assam. The Patkai range has numerous passes through which the Ahoms poured into Assam from Burma and established Ahom rule in Assam which lasted upto 600 years.The Ahoms were followed by Tai Khamtis centuries later who again established their dominance in Sadiya and Tengapani area. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book landscapes, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Chongkham a unique experience. Chongkham is essentially a tea town.

Kongmu-kham or the Golden Pagoda is a temple complex spread over 20 hectares of land built in a Burmese architectural design with a beautiful garden around it. The temple complex has a shrine hall which has a huge Buddha statue in meditating pose inside it. The shrine hall has four entrances on east,north,west and south directions. Main entrance to the hall faces north. The Buddha image inside faces north. The main entrance to the Golden Pagoda complex faces east, the direction that Buddha achieved Enlightenment. The Buddha statue was donated by Ven Prakhu Pabhavana, Chief monk of Wat Aranjikavas temple of Thailand.Each of the four entrances of the shrine hall is guarded by a pair of mythical lions. On four corners of the outer base of the main shrine are a bell, Vasundri or the witness to the offerings made in the temple, a monk and four deities. A pond near the entrance gate and a Ashoka pillar on the eastern side of the main shrine are some of the main features of the Golden Pagoda complex. The Golden Pagoda complex houses a spacious shrine hall, a meditation hall, a multipurpose hall, a guest house, a library, a monastery to accommodate around 100 Bhikkhus and living quarter for the monks.

A head start from the National Park of Dibru-Saikhowa at Tinsukia and an hour long drive across majestic tea gardens crossing the town of Doom Dooma will lead you to this grandeur of a place, a memoir that will surely fit this quote into it perfectly:

“It is better to travel well than to arrive” ~ Gautam Buddha

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness your one stop destination for Spiritual Tourism – the Golden Pagoda Temple, Tengapani, the State of Arunachal  Pradesh, Incredible India!

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Excellent view of the Golden Pakoda Temple at night at Tengapani in Arunachal Pradesh in India

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The Status of Lord Buddha inside the Golden Pakoda Temple at Tengapani in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Front View of the Golden Pakoda Temple at Tengapani in Arunachal Pradesh in India

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The Roads across the Tea County that will reach you to the Golden Temple at Tengapani in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Golden Pagoda Temple at Tengapani in Arunachal Pradesh in India

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Tea County amidst the Paradise Unexplored to reach the Golden Pagoda Temple at Tengapani in Arunachal Pradesh in India

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The beautiful Golden Pagoda Temple at Namsai

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The Buddha Statue within the Golden Pagoda premises

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Interesting & Unique Facts about India’s ‘Paradise Unexplored’ – the Incredible North East of India, the States of Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya!

‘Paradise Unexplored’ is how India describes its eastern most region, the North East India. And very true to this description, North East India is a land of breathtaking landscapes un-adulterated by the rapid globalization of the world economy. The region comprises of seven Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Agartala also known as the ‘Seven Sister States’.

With each of these states having more than 60% of their area under forest cover North East India comprises of a wide variety of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna. The region is the second largest hotspot (Indo-Burma) in the world having 8,000 of the total 15,000 species of flowering plants in India. There are 850 species of birds in the region – the like of white-winged wood duck, Great Indian Hornbill, Jungle-fowl, Pheasant, Siberian Crane, Indian Gray Hornbill, etc. The diversities of the animal kingdom includes the like of the famous One Horned Rhinoceros, clouded Leopards, Elephants, the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Black Bear, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Capped Langur, Pygmy Hog, Pig tailed Macaque, Hollock Gibbon, etc.

North East India is home to over 200 tribes. Each tribal community have their own distinct culture and traditions. They speak different languages, have different religious practices, wear clothes with distinct patterns and also have different ways of celebrating. These celebrations form a part of their festivals where these communities performs colorful dances, showcase their traditional cuisines and source of livelihood like their agrarian practices and their handlooms and handicrafts.

Some Interesting & Unique facts about three (3) of the States of North East India are:

1| the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India:

  • Receives the first sunlight in India, hence called the ‘Land of Rising Sun’. Just like sunset in Kanyakumari, sunrise in Arunachal is wonderful view to witness.
  • It shares international borders with China, Bhutan & Myanmar.
  • The Tawang Monestary at Tawang in Arunachal is the Second Largest Buddhist Monastery in the World and the Largest in India.
  • It has the maximum number of regional languages in India
  • The Pangsau Pass is located at the Indo Burma Border near Arunachal Pradesh and is also known as the ‘Hell’s Pass’. The Historic Stilwell Road runs through the Pangsau Pass.
  • The Namdapha National Park is the third largest National Park in India and is home to the big four cat species –  Snow leopards, Clouded leopards, Common leopards and Tigers. The Majestic Hornbill Species is also sure to be spotted here.

2| the State of Assam, Incredible India:

  • It has the largest inhabited river island in the world ‘Majuli’ on the mighty Brahmaputra River.
  • It is home to the largest density of endangered one horned Rhinoceros population in the world at the ‘National Park of Kaziranga’.
  • Assam is also the birthplace of Indian Oil industry in Digboi and the Oldest operational Oil Well in the World.
  • Assam provides the largest tea production in the world.
  • Assam is also home to India’s only Coal Museum and one of the oldest coal mines in India.
  • Assam was a prime spot for the Allies in crushing the Japanese forces during World War II and the Historic Stilwell Road originates at Ledo in Assam.
  • The three famous Silks of the World ‘Muga’ (Golden), the ‘Pat’ (White) and the Warm ‘Eri’ is indigenous to Assam.
  • The ‘Kamakhya’ Temple is a revered ‘Shakti Peetha’ and is a famous Tourist attraction in the State.
  • The ‘Rang Ghar’ at Sivasagar is the first Amphitheater of Asia.
  • The State hosts the only market where Barter Trade (sale in exchange of goods) is practiced at the ‘Jonbeel Mela’ Festival.
  • ‘Mayong’ is the Magic capital of India and also home to the longest stone inscription in Asia that measures 3.95 meters.
  • The ‘Umananda’ island is the Smallest inhabited river island in the world on the mighty Brahmaputra.

3| the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India!

  • Meghalaya has the World’s highest rainfall at Cherrapunji and Masynram.
  • ‘Meghalaya’ means ‘Abode of the Clouds’ and the Capital City of Shillong is called the ‘Scotland of the East’.
  • Shillong Golf link is the 2nd largest natural golf course in Asia. Shillong is also the Rock capital of India.
  • The Village of Mawlynnong was awarded the cleanest village in Asia.
  • The Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji are a well known tourist attraction of the State.
  • The ‘Nohkalikai’ Falls at Cherrapunji is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.
  • The city of Shillong has India’s only Glass mosque the ‘Madina Masjid’.
  • The State of Meghalaya is the only State in India where the custom of Matrilineal society is practiced.
  • The ‘Bara Bazaar’ is one of the oldest and the largest marketplaces in North East India where most of the Shopkeepers and Traders are women.
  • Bamboo is found in abundance in Meghalaya and the extrinsic bamboo crafts of Meghalaya are renowned around the World.
  • Mawphlang is a famous site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Groves and is the hub of Khasi Culture in Meghalaya

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Grandeur of the States of Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya, Incredible India!

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Prayers answered by Bell Chimes – the Tilinga Mandir (Bell Temple), Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The State of Assam is the central state in the North-East Region of India and serves as the gateway to North East India and is a jewel in the crown of the Seven Sister States. The land of red river, blue hills & lush green tea gardens, Assam comprises of three main geographical areas: the Brahmaputra Valley, the Barak Valley and the intervening Karbi Plateau and North Cachar Hills. Assam is bounded on the north by the eastern section of the great Himalayan range, the frontier tribes front west to cast being Daflas, Miris, Abors and Mishmis on the east by the Patkai Hills, inhabited by the various ‘Naga Warrior’ tribes andthe Burmese frontier; on the south by the Chin hills and the frontier of Bangladesh; and on the west by the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal.

Assam is home to numerous temples and places of worship. From being home to four (4) Shakti Peethas, a tourist will also find many number of Churches, Monasteries and Mosques that serve as places of religious worship for people of all faith. The important religious places of tourist interest in Assam are:

  • the Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati
  • the Dirgheswari Temple at Guwahati
  • the Umananda Temple at Guwahati
  • the Doul Govinda Temple at Guwahati
  • the Hayagriva Madhava Temple at Hajo
  • the Poa Makka at Hajo
  • the Shiva Doul at Sivasagar
  • the Temples and Neo Vaishnavite Monasteries at Bordua and many others

One interesting place of worship is the ‘Tilinga Mandir’ or the ‘Bell Temple’ at Bordubi near the commercial capital of Assam at Tinsukia. An Epitome of Faith – the Tilinga Mandir (Bell Temple) was built in the honor of Lord Shiva in 1965. It is believed that people come to this temple and tie a bell in the temple premises when their prayers to the almighty are answered. This temple in Tinsukia district of Assam has thousands of bells of all sizes and metals like bronze, brass, copper and aluminium and in weights varying from a few grams upto 50 kilograms. The bell numbers keep increasing each year proving that indeed the people who worship and tie a bell at the Temple premises get their wishes fulfilled!

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness this practice of getting your Prayers answered by Bell Chimes – the Tilinga Mandir (Bell Temple) at Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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The Front View of the Tilinga Mandir at Bordubi in Tinsukia

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The Tilinga Mandir Temple at Bordubi in Tinsukia

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Temple Tied at the premises of the Tilinga Mandir at Bordubi in Tinsukia

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Temple Tied at the premises of the Tilinga Mandir at Bordubi

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The Bells tied by the devotees at the temple premises of the Tilinga mandir

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The Bell Temple or the Tilinga mandir at Bordubi

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The numerous bells tied by devotees at the Tilinga mandir

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Architectural Grandeur’s of the Ahom Dynasty – the Aswaklanta Temple, Guwahati, State of Assam, Incredible India!

The Ahoms Kings ruled the State of Assam for over 600 years. It was under their regime, Assam flourished with prosperity and to ensure they lived in the memoirs of the Assamese people forever the Ahom Kings constructed monuments of great Architectural Grandeur that continue to stand tall til today battling all odds against the wrath of Mother Nature.

Out of the many Grandeur’s built, one such is the Aswaklanta Temple situated in the present day North Guwahati by the banks of the mighty River Brahmaputra. Built in 1720 by the God fearing King of the Ahom Dynasty, King Siva Singha (who also constructed most of the other biggest Hindu Temples in the State of Assam including the Shiva Dol at Sivasagar) this Temple is located on a hill top overlooking the Brahmaputra. There are two temples in this holy place. One situated in the foot hill namely the ‘Kurmayanardan’ Temple  and the other in the up-hill namely the ‘Anantasayi’  Temple. A long tread across the flight of Stairs will get you to the Temple premises where the sight of the Brahmaputra River, floating small islands and the Guwahati city across the river will mesmerizing any person visiting the Temple to seek the blessings of the Almighty!

Mythical legends state that while Lord Krishna searched for Narakasur to kill him, his horse got tired at this place. This is how this place was named Aswa-Klanta.  ‘Aswa’ means ‘Horse’ and ‘Klanta’ means ‘Tired’ in the local Assamese language.

Formally there was a ‘Kunda’ –  a Large piece of Log that served as a place of Sacrifice near the temple. But now this ‘Kunda’ does not exist becausee it was eroded by the river Brahamputra. Inside the temple, there are two images one of ‘Janardana’ and the other of ‘Anantasai Vishnu’. The latter is a fine art specimen of eleventh century. There is also one stone inscription on the body of the temple.

The temple was damaged in the great earth quake of Assam in 1897 AD. But it was repaired under patronage of Lord Kurzon, the then Viceroy of the British Raj in Assam.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Architectural Grandeur’s of the Ahom Dynasty – the Aswaklanta Temple, Guwahati, State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Aswaklanta Temple at Guwahati in Assam

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The Archaeological Site of Aswaklanta Temple at Guwahati in Assam

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The Flight of Stairs to reach the hill top where the Aswaklanta Temple is Located

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The Entrance Gate to the holy shrine of the Aswaklanta Temple in Guwahati

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The Beautiful view of the World’s smallest Inhabited River Island of Umananda and the Umananda Temple from the Aswaklanta Temple

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The Temple Dome of the Aswaklanta

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Entrance to the Holy Aswaklanta Temple

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The Artifacts in the Aswaklanta Temple Premises at Guwahati in Assam

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The revered ‘Shakti Peetha’ on Sitachal Hills – the Dirgheshwari Temple (where your actual pilgrimage after visiting the Kamakhya Temple ends), North Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The Shakti Peethas are a place of worship that is spread across the Indian Subcontinent consecrated to the Goddess ‘Shakti’ or ‘Sati’.

As per the historical belief, Goddess Uma (Sati), unable to bear the ridicules hurled at her husband, Lord Shiva, by her father, King Daksha, when she went uninvited to attend the auspicious Daksha Yagna solemnized by her father in his abode, gave up her body. On hearing the news of his beloveds death, an enraged Shiva, lifted Goddess Uma’s corpse on his shoulder and resorted to Tandava. The three worlds shook in its reverberation. The Gods assembled but no one could amass the courage to go near Lord Shiva and calm him down. Lord Vishnu launched his celestial weapon, the Sudarshana Chakra, which cut Goddess Uma’s corpse into fifty one (51) pieces. These pieces fell down to earth and wherever they fell gave rise to ‘Peethas’ or places of pilgrimage. The creative part i.e. the Holy Mother’s  Yoni fell in the blue stone i.e. the Nilachal Hill where the famous Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati is situated. The thigh of the Goddess fell on the Sitachal Hill at North Guwahati where the holy Dirgheswari Temple is situated.

It is also believed that the great sage Markandeya, one of the immortals according to Hindu tradition, visited this place and started huge penance of Goddess Durga. At last the Goddess appeared before him and grants him blessings. Thus Dirgheswari became an important place of worship of Goddess Durga.

It is not known if any temple of Goddess Durga existed in Dirgheswari during ancient and early medieval period. The present temple at Dirgheswari was constructed by Ahom king Swargadeo Siva Singha reign (1714 -1744), under the supervision of Tarun Duwarah Borphukan, the Ahom viceroy of Guwahati. The temple was constructed using bricks, at the top of the hill, which is filled with solid rocks. The Garbha-griha or the inner chamber of the temple, where the idol of Goddess Durga was present is located underground, in a small cave. During the royal tour of Ahom king Swargadeo Rajeshwar Singha in 1756, the king visited the temple and granted more lands and men for the proper maintenance of the temple. The king also presented a silver Japi or hat, which is still used to cover the main idol of Devi Durga in the temple.

The prime attention of Dirgheswari Devalaya’s Durga Puja is the sacrifice of animals, especially Buffaloes. Every year people from far of places use to visit Dirgheswari Temple to witness the animal sacrifice and Durga Puja celebrations. There is a small water tank in the near the temple, in which small fishes and a turtle is present.

Dirgheswari temple has it has several rock cut images which can be traced to the 11th to 12th century A.D and this site is recognized by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) as an important historical site and accordingly steps are taken to preserve its structure. According to local people it is the second-most holiest place in Assam after Kamakhya Temple.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to seek eternal blessings of Goddess Sati at the revered ‘Shakti Peetha’ on Sitachal Hills – the Dirgheshwari Temple (where your actual pilgrimage after visiting the Kamakhya Temple ends), North Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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Archeological Survey of India (ASI) welcomes you to the Dirgheswari Temple at North Guwahati in Assam

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The Main temple Dome where the idol of Goddess Durga was present is located underground, in a small cave.

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The Dirgheswari Temple Altar

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The Entrance to the shine of the Goddess at the Dirgheswari Temple

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The stairs that lead to the top of Sitachal Hills where the Dirgheswari Temple is situated

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The Stone Sculptures located near the Dirgheswari Temple Premises

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The Entrance Gate near the Temple Shrine atop the Sitachal Hills

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The Stone Sculptures located near the Temple Premises

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Spiritual Solace of your Mind, Body and Soul – the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monastery, Mounglang, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Working in the Indian IT Industry is a tough and stressful job. The Stress quadruples if you are in the IT sales profile of an Indian MNC. This stress paves way for an important ingredient that your body keeps craving for i.e. Nicotine and Alcohol. For some people the spirits pump up in on the evenings of a Friday when you get to get to hit your favourite Pub/Bar and gulp down spirits to a level that your being in this world makes no more sense and you are filled with a high that some also tend to refer to as ‘Solace’. I was no different as I worked in this highly competitive industry as a person who was trying to make a name for himself in the society and it the eyes of my beloved parents!

I did have many friends who refrained from these deadly habits of Nicotine and Spirits (why not they worked in a happy 9 to 6 environment bearing tags of IT consultants with no stress of the daily morning sales calls) and who kept questioning me with one simple question – why do you smoke? Now trust me, no one has a bang on answer to this question! ‘Why do I smoke?!’ Well my answer was ‘It brings peace to my mind and I feel relaxed’! Lame as it may sound, but enough to get rid of the silly question put to you over and over again!

One fine day I quit my job and I started to pursue my passion – to travel and to write about the places I visit. This passion of mine transformed into a business interest and I set up my own tiny venture on tourism and handicrafts of North East India named ‘Jungleideas’. All set and done but the habit of Nicotine still refused to let out of my system and I continued to be a victim of this abuse for a while until one day I found a way of bringing peace to mind and feeling relaxed in a much better way. This was my day at the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monastery.

As the saying goes ‘Whatever happens.. Happens for good’, in my quest to explore the undiscovered lands of the State of Assam, I happened to stop by at this Monastery in the remote village of Mounglang  near the Ledo-Jagun road at Ledo. This Monastery is under the able guidance of a holy man known as ‘Bhante Baba’ to the common. I had heard about this Holy man from my parents and few of my close friends many a time. The ‘Bhante Baba’ is a knowledgeable person with a tranquil personality that draws respect from all sections of people of the region. His blessed ‘stone’ is very popular and many of the people of Assam adorn this ‘stone’ as a golden ring on their fingers. This precious Stone is known to protect a person from many ailments and best for protection from accidents and many other powers. So my main purpose of this trip was to see him in person. Though I’ve been there before long time back along with my parents I was not fortunate enough to see him as he hardly use to be in the Monastery for he has to travel round the globe for the message of peace. But this time I was fortunate to meet him as he was in the Monastery premises and he decided to see me at a short notice. The calm and serene locality of this Monastery amidst the lush green Patkai Mountain Range, Green Paddy Fields, a Gushing River, Simple living & Happy people, the Sound of Silence will answer you at this moment that ‘Smoking doesn’t bring peace to your mind’, it is the bounties of mother nature and your faith in God that does!

I spent my time at the Alter in the Monastery and treading through the Monastery premises observing the artefacts that were established here more than forty years ago. After about thirty minutes ‘Bhante Baba’ stepped out of the Monastery and met me outside. He was kind enough to allow me to take a photograph of him for this blog and he wished me luck on my upcoming endeavours. After a while I left the Monastery to continue my journey to the World War II air Strip near the Monastery, the Open Cast Coal Mine Fields at Tirap Colliery and later on my journey across the Historic Stilwell Road of the World War II fame up to Jagun hoping that someday I will be visiting the Monastery again to spend a few days at the meditation here and seek Spiritual Solace.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to seek Spiritual Solace of your Mind, Body and Soul – the International Meditation Centre at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monastery, Mounglang, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The way to the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monestary at Monglang near Ledo in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Entrance to the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monestary at Monglang near Ledo in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Premises at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monestary at Monglang near Ledo in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Bhante Baba of the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monestary at Monglang near Ledo in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Pagoda at the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monestary at Monglang near Ledo in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Internation Meditation Center at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monestary at Monglang near Ledo in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The premise of the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Khamti Buddhist Monestary at Monglang near Ledo in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Assam Coal Mining, Tipong Colliery steam locomotives, Singpho Eco Lodge Margherita, Ecotourism Homestay in Assam, Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India
The Historic Ledo Airstrip that was used as a landing ground for Aircrafts of the Western Allies

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Present Day Stilwell Road at Lekhapani Army Cantonment in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Coal Museum Margherita, Assam Tourism, Margherita Tourism Assam, Dibrugarh Tourism Assam, Tea Tourism Assam, Golf Tourism Assam, Steam Locomotives Tipong Colliery
Opencast Coal Mining at Tirap Colliery in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

 

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park

The Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Barpeta Satra’, Barpeta, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Established by Assamese Vaishnavite monasteries, the ‘Satras’ are Institutional Centers that propagate Neo Vaishnavism across the State of Assam. An initiative of the Kings of the Ahom Dynasty, these ‘Satras’ house hundreds of celibate and non-celibate ‘Bhokots’ (Monks), hold vast lands and are repositories of religious and cultural relics and artifacts.

Out of the several ‘Satras’ spread across Assam, we have already mentioned about one the most noteworthy ‘the Auniati Satra’ of the river Island of Majuli and its main branch at North Guwahati. In this chapter we bring forth to you another important ‘Satra’ of Assam – the ‘Barpeta Satra’

Established in 1583 AD by the disciple of Sri Sri Srimanta Shankardeva, Sri Sri Madhavdeva the ‘Barpeta Satra’ is located on the quaint town of Barpeta at Barpeta District in Lower Assam. Sri Sri Madhav Deva founded the ‘Barpeta Satra’ five hundred years (500) years back and stayed here for eight (8) long years, where he wrote some of his best known literature’s. For taking his responsibility as a disciple of Sri Srimanta Sankardev, he left the ‘Satra’ transferring the associated responsibilities to his disciple Sri Mathura Das Burha Ata, who later took care of the ‘Satra’ and he became the first ‘Satria’ of the ‘Barpeta Satra’.

It was Sri Mathura Das Burha Ata who systematized the administration of the ‘Barpeta Satra’ leading to development of the institution and the region of Barpeta. A democratic system was introduced which is effective till today. Large number of followers come to Barpeta and accept the Vaishnavate faith irrespective of their caste (high or low in society) that has created an egalitarian Society. This practice has led to the establishment of a new work culture among the followers. The ‘Satra’ has several buildings. The huge front gate is called ‘Batsora’, the main ‘Kirtanghar’ is where prayers or ‘Nam Kirtan’ are performed is an architectural splendor located at the center that was earlier built as a ‘Kutcha’ house. It was later built with concrete and big-pillars were erected. The walls were decorated with beautiful paintings of Hindu Gods in 1952. At the Satra, the ‘Bhokots’ (Monks) discussed all kinds of problems at the ‘Jagmohan Ghar’. In the ‘Bhajghar’ an oil  lamp has been continuously burning for more than 500 years and is called the ‘Akhay banti’.

The ‘Barpeta Satra’ is truly an Architectural Marvel and a magnificent sight to the eyes of its beholder. The Doors of the ‘Satra’ are made of Silver and a visit to this ‘Satra’ will leave anyone mesmerized!

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the marvels of the Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Barpeta Satra’ at Barpeta, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Entrance Gate of the Barpeta Satra at Barpeta in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Entrance to the Main Kirtanghar of the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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One of the many discussion halls at the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Premises inside the Barpeta where Sri Sri Madhavdeva resided

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The various wall paintings at the Barpeta Satra Kirtanghar

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Satra strictly forbids the entrance of Female devotees into certain areas of the main prayer halls

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Main Kirthanghar of the Barpeta Satra. The two strong pillars are of the ‘Tulsi’ plant.

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Paintings of the Walls of the Main Kirtanghar at the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Jagmohan Ghar where the Temple monks discussed their problems

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Pond within the premises of the Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The ‘Hutis’ or the Huts where the Monks of the Satras stay

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Door of the Huts where the Monks stay at Barpeta Satra – Made from Silver

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The place where Sri Sri MadhavDeva meditated and wrote most of his well renowned books and scriptures

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Entrance to the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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