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‘The Wheels of a bygone Era…’ ~ the Treasured Wheels Museum, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Perhaps the greatest example of a man’s power of dreaming, believing in his dream and working continuously to realize that dream is illustrated when you step foot into the ‘Treasured Wheels Museum’ near Guwahati in Assam. Mr. Piklu Deka or Piklu Da as everyone calls him is the man behind this dream. What started as a dream to own a vintage car thirty (30) years ago has finally transformed in the shape of a museum with a collection of over 50 vintage cars, 50 motorbikes and much more.

A short half an hour drive from Guwahati will reach you to the Treasured Wheels Museum. You are greeted at the Museum Entrance by a collection of helmets used by Soldiers during World War II announcing your expeditions across a huge campus filled with the memoirs of the War. From vintage Russian Army Trucks, American Motorbikes to Chinese Paratrooper Cycles you are sure to find them here. The amazing part is that all these Motorcars are in a perfect running condition.

The various collection of Antique Motorcars present in the museum are as below:

  • Renault 749 CC 1948 model (back engine) ,
  • Sunbeam 800 CC (convertible) of 1933,
  • Morries 800 CC (convertible) of 1948,
  • Perfect Ford (hard top) of 1948,
  • Volks Wagon (back engine) of 1949,
  • Ford Jeep of 1942,
  • Ford Care of 1939
  • Buick of 1945.

Motorbikes collection include-

  • Ariel 500 CC (Red Hunter) of 1944,
  • British-made Albion (belt model) of 1901,
  • Royal Enfield 350 CC (chain drive) of 1940,
  • Norton 650 CC (chain drive model) of 1932,
  • BSA 500 CC (Golden flash) of 1938,
  • BSA 500 CC (Gold Star) of 1940,
  • BSA 40 CC (Paratroopers) of 1938,
  • Royal Enfield 150 CC of 1948,
  • Paradrop Scooter (Paratrooper model) made in USA in 1933,
  • Sunbeam 500 CC (Swift Drive) 1942,
  • Triumph 350 CC (chain drive) of 1934 and several others.

Mr. Deka’s love or the environment can also be seen at the Museum that is covered with lush Green surroundings. Mr. Deka he has planted around 22,000 saplings of litchis, guavas, bay leaves and neem across the campus of the museum which now makes it an ideal retreat for a weekend getaway from the City. Adventure junkies can enjoy trekking and boating facilities. Stay is arranged at Tree houses in the campus and sumptuous Assamese Traditional Cuisine can be savored on prior request.

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Temple of Assam, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Kamakhya Temple Guwahati, Shakti Peetha Guwahati, River Brahmaputra Assam

Where the ‘Guru of the Asuras’ worshiped Lord Shiva ~ the Sukreswar Temple, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The Sukreswar Temple is located on the Sukreswar or Itakhuli hill on the south bank of river Brahmaputra in the Panbazar locality of Guwahati city and is dedicated in the honor of Lord Shiva. This Temple was constructed in 1744 during the reign of the Ahom King Pramatta Singha (1744–1751). King Rajeswar Singha (1751–69) who also promoted cause of the Saiva cult made financial provisions for the Sukreswar Temple in 1759.

As per ancient legends, it is believed that Sage Sukra (the Guru of the Asuras) had his hermitage on this hillock and he used to worship his Lord Shiva in this temple. Originally dating back to the 18th century, the temple is believed to have the largest Shiva Lingam or phallic emblem in India. The Kalika Purana identifies the hillock as Hastigiri hills due to its shape like the hump of an elephant.

Leading down from the temple compound is a long flight of steps to the Brahmaputra river. This place is specially attracted by the tourists because one can enjoy the natural beauty and religious aroma near the bank of Brahmaputra River. One can gain the pleasure of splendid dawn and dusk if he sits on the steps of Sukreswar Ghat. The view moving boats on the river and the local Hindu people performing puja in honor of their relatives who have left this world, children and older people bathing bestow you to move far from the din and congested life. The adjacent embankment is used for holy bathing and performing rituals. It is believed that the dead gain peaces if the post – death rituals are performed here.

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The Sree Sree Mahaprabhu Sukrewar Devalaya where the Shiva Linga in kept at the Sukreswar Temple

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‘An Epitome of Faith’ ~ the Doul Govinda Temple, North Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Situated on the northern bank of the mighty Brahmaputra, the temple of Shri Shri Doul Govinda at North Guwahati is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Krishna. Historical reference to this temple dates back to more than two centuries ago. But folklores hint at an even earlier age for the famous idol of Lord Krishna present at the shrine. Although mostly worshiped by Vaishnavites and Hindus, the temple is thronged by people from all religions, castes and communities. It is believed that the Lord grants the wishes of anyone who offers prayers at this temple with a pure heart.

History ~

Miraculous was the Advent of Lord Doul-Govinda who had remained underground in the quiet woods Sandhya-Jhar near village JEKERIA in Rongia Subdivision of Kamrup district. It is said a milch cow was noticed by people to have gone to the same woods every pre-dawn, freeing herself of the cow-shed where her Brahmin owner used to rope her at night. The cow used to take her stand at a fixed spot whereupon milk flowed spontaneously from her udder on a Birina grass bush. This uncommon phenomenon reached the ears of the Sadar-Amin of Nalbari who was none but the late Gargaram Barooah of Rajaduar, North Guwahati, father of the late Anunda Ram Barooah, the first Assamese to hold the ICS under the British regime, and later a great Sanskrit scholar and Orientalist of worldwide fame. One morning Sadar Amin Gargaram Barooah set out for the woods on back of an elephant to see for himself the uncommon sight and he surprised to find a magnificent Image of Lord Sri Krishna playing the flute, when he got the spot excavated.

Sadar-Amin Gargaram Barooah received the Image of Lord Krishna with great reverence and ceremoniously brought the Image in a procession with pomp and grandeur, band beating etc. to his home village Rajadooar where, as advised by his Guru, he installed Lord’s Image as a deity at his village Namghar with Puja-Archana (rituals of worship), in co-operation of his kinsmen and co-villagers. Meanwhile the annual Holi-Festival was nearing in the month of Faguna and the members were in great dilemma, for until then original Namghar deity had been the image of Lord Shyam Rai, another form of Lord Sri Krishna, and unable to decide as to which of the two deities they should place on the doul during the Holi festival days, It is said that priest prayed and left the decision to be indicated by the two deities for resolution of the impasse, and to his surprise, the priest found on the following morning the new image of Lord Sri Krishna to have taken stand a few inches ahead of the image of Lord Shyam Rai on the altar. The priest and members of the Namghar had no difficulty in deciding the preference and they accordingly installed the new image of Lord Sri Krishna on the Doul was an outhouse temple at the courtyard of the Namghar for celebrating the Holi festival.

Since then, the new image of Lord Sri Krishna came to be recognized as Lord Doul Govinda. After some time, the image of Lord Shyam Rai fell down from the throne of the Namghar and lost one hand. Thus the idol of Lord Shyam Rai got itself removed from the sanctum of the Mandir.

The Doul Govinda Temple Today ~

The first structure of Doul Govinda Temple was erected more than one hundred and fifty years ago but it was again renovated in 1966. The Doul Govinda Mandir in Assam is famous for its Holi celebrations in the month of February – March. Holi is observed by the local people for five days with various programs and about five thousand Pilgrims are always assembled at the Mandir premises during this time.

Daily activities of the Doul Govinda Temple start early, with the opening of the doors at seven in the morning. The priest bathes the idol and then performs the Archana. The worshipers start coming in from an hour after this, which continues till the end of the day. In between that, the temple remains closed during the afternoon. In the evening the Arati is performed by singing devotional songs or Kirtaan. Prasada followed by Bhoga is distributed among the devotees in open hall, during afternoon hours daily. A good number of devotees contribute to the temple Management to offer Bhoga and Sarai on their behalf with or without craving. Such devotees get some amount of Bhoga for taking home from the counter.

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Idol of Lord Ganesha at the Entrance of the Doul Govinda Temple at North Guwahati in Assam

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The Deity inside the Temple Premises of the Doul Govinda Temple at North Guwahati

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Inside the Premises of the Doul Govinda Temple at North Guwahati in Assam

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Oil Lamps inside the Doul Govinda Temple at North Guwahati in Assam

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The Temple of Lord Krishna inside the premises of the Doul Govinda Temple at North Guwahati in Assam

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Inside the premises of the Doul Govinda Temple at North Guwahati in Assam

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Rock Stones Inside the Doul Govinda Temple Premises at North Guwahati in Assam

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The Idol of Lord Ganesha at the Entrance of the Doul Govinda Temple at North Guwahati

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Kanai Barasi Rock Inscriptions near the Doul Govinda Temple that speak of the might of the Ahom Kingdom of Assam

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‘Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Samadhikshetra’ ~ A Tribute to one of the Greatest Sons of Assam, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Listening to “Manuhe Manuhor Babe, Ganga, Amar Xomajor…” and a countless many brings a sense of nostalgia in every Assamese across the globe. These lyrics remind everyone about the taste of Assamese soil that they are associated with, no matter wherever they stay. And these words were written by none other than our very own and beloved Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, who perhaps was an individual whose essence and charisma gave Assam a worldwide recognition. A multifaceted genius, he was also a poet, music composer, singer, actor, journalist, author and film-maker of the very highest repute. He has been therefore, hailed as the uncrowned king of North-Eastern India’s cultural world.He was the face of Assamese music and literature scene for decades till he passed away on 5th November,2011.

His life in brief:

Bhupen Hazarika was the most well-known personality from Assam. He was born in 1926, in Sadiya, Assam & he held an M.A. degree in Political Science from Benaras Hindu University, and a PhD in Mass Communication from the Columbia University, New York, where he came in contact with,and was greatly influenced by, Paul Robeson. He recorded his first L.P at the age of 10 and acted in the second Assamese movie ‘Indramalati’ in 1939.

His Career in Music:

Bhupen Hazarika has composed music and sung for the highest number of Assamese films made in the past 4 decades. He has rendered music, written lyrics and sung for numerous Assamese movies like ‘Era Batar Sur’ in 1956, ‘Shakuntala’ in 1960, ‘Pratidhwani’ in 1964, ‘Lotighoti’ in 1967, ‘Chick Mick Bijuli’ in 1971, ‘Mon Projapati’ in 1978, ‘Swikarokti’ in 1986, ‘Siraj’ in 1988. He also directed, and composed music for Arunachal Pradesh’s first Hindi feature film in colour ‘Mera Dharam Meri Maa’ in 1977. He directed a colour documentary for the Arunachal Pradesh Government on Tribal folk songs and dances entitled ‘For Whom The Sun Shines’ in 1974.

Awards:

  • Dada Saheb Phalke Award, in 1994.
  • President’s National Award for the best filmmaker  for ‘Shakuntala’, ‘Pratidhwani’, and ‘Loti Ghoti’ in 1960, 1964 and 1967 respectively.
  • Arunachal Pradesh Government’s Gold Medal in 1977 for his outstanding contribution towards Tribal Welfare, and Upliftment of Tribal Culture through cinema and music.
  • Won the National Award as best music composer in India in 1977 for the Assamese film ‘Chameli Memsaab’.

Pan India accomplishments:

  • Has directed music in outstanding Bengali films, such as ‘Jiban Trishna’, ‘Jonakir Alo’, ‘Mahut Bandhure’, ‘Kari o Komal’, ‘Asamapta’, ‘Ekhane Pinjar’, ‘Dampati’, ‘Chameli Memsaab’, ‘Dui’, ‘Bechara’
  • Also composed many songs for hindi movies as well. His bollywood films include ‘Arop’, ‘Ek Pal’, and ‘Rudaali’starring Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Amjad Khan and Rakhi. He gave music for Sai Paranjype’s Hindi feature film ‘Papiha’ and Bimal Dutt’s Hindi feature film ‘Pratimurti’
  • He has composed music for Plus Channel’s Hindi feature film ‘mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe’ directed by Lekh Tandon starring Meenakshi Sheshadri in 1996. That very year he has also composed for Hindi feature film ‘Saaz’ directed by Sai Paranjype starring Shabana Azmi & Pan Pictures Hindi feature film ‘Darmiyaan’ starring Kiron Kher and Tabu directed and written by Kalpana Lajmi
  • In 1998 he has composed music for Hindi feature film ‘Gajagamini’ Written and Directed by eminent painter Mr. M. F. Hussain

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s eternal remains are buried at the memorial at Jalukbari near Guwahati in Assam. A calm and serene environment that has been converted to a Memorial Park recently and his soulful music plays across the gushing waters of the fountain that is located in the memorial in Assam.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to pay tribute to the one of the Greatest Son of Assam at the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Samadhikshetra, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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The Eternal remains of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika at the Samadhikshetra in Guwahati

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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.

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The 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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The Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Auniati Satra’, Guwahati, 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.

One mentionable Satra in the State of Assam is the ‘Sri Sri Auniati Satra’ of Majuli established by Ahom King Jayaddhaja Singha in 1653 AD. The ‘Sri Sri Auniati Satra’ is the one that occupied the highest position amongst the various Satras of Assam. The slightly elevated land of the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island of Majuli was full of ‘Auni Paan’ (a kind of betel creeper plant). The term ‘Ati’ means elevated place and hence the name ‘Auniati Satra’ came into being.

The idol which receives daily worship in the ‘Satra Temple’ (Manikuta) is the idol of Lord Krishna called Govinda. This idol was originally brought from Jagannath Kshetra from Puri in Orissa and installed here with all the Vedic religious rituals. Apart from the main idol, there are also other idols for worship here. There are twelve branches of this famous ‘Satra’ in various parts of Assam.

The main branch of ‘Auniati Satra’ is at North Guwahati, just opposite to Guwahati city by the Banks of the Mighty Brahmaputra River, which was established in 1915 A.D. by His Holiness Sri Sri Kamal Dev Goswami by possessing 60 Bighas of land from Aswaklanta Temple. The 14th Satradhikar Bhagawat Bhaskar Sri Sri Hem Chandra Deva Goswami rebuilt the old ‘Satra’ in 1959 to its present condition.

The ‘Sri Sri Auniati Satra’ at Guwahati is a four-sided enclosed area with four gateways (Karapat). Centrally placed in this enclosure is a rectangular prayer-hall called the ‘Namghar’ aligned in the east-west direction. On its eastern side there is an additional independent structure called the ‘Manikut’ or the ‘Jewel-house’, the Sanctum Santorum, in which the ‘Asana’ – a wooden tetradehral structure with four carved lions is placed containing the main object of worship (usually a copy of the Bhagavat Purana in manuscript or an idol). The ‘Namghar’ is surrounded by four straight rows of huts, called ‘Hati’, in which the monks (Bhokots) reside. The ‘Adhikara’ and other high officers of the ‘Satra’ reside in the Eastern ‘Hatis’.

This ‘Satra’ plays host to many celebrations and cultural events like the ‘Bhaona’, ‘Doul Utsav’, ‘Janmasthami’ – the Birth of Lord Krishna, the ‘Raas Leela’ – the Life of Lord Krishna depicted in an Art form.

The surroundings of this ‘Satra’ is a picturesque landscape that allows a person to experience the true rural life of Assam amidst the city of Guwahati. The ‘Satra’ overlooks the Brahmaputra River and the smallest River Island of Umananda can be spotted visibly from the ‘Satra’. Surrounded by lush greens and palm trees this ‘Satra’ is a must visit during a person’s tour to Assam to witness the rich religious and cultural relics and artifacts of the Assamese Culture.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Rich and Diverse traditions of the Assamese Neo Vaishnavite culture at the Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Auniati Satra’, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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The Sri Sri Auniati Satra at North Guwahati in Assam

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The Side View of the Sri Sri Auniati Satra in Guwahati

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Relics at the Auniati Satra in Guwahati

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The Namghar or the Prayer Hall of the Auniati Satra in Guwahati

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The Smallest River Island in the World Umananda as spotted from the Auniati Satra in Guwahti

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Architectual Structures at the Auniati Satra in Guwahati

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Bamboo trees surround the Auniati Satras that adds to the beauty of the Surroundings

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The Hatis or the Huts where the Monks of the Satras Reside

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The Sri Sri Auniati Satra at Guwahati

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