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Mission to Save Satras in Assam

Satras are Vaishnavaite religious centers in Assam, India, and were founded mainly by saint and reformer Srimanta Sankardev and his disciples during the 15th and 16th century. These Vaishnavaite monasteries are noted for its collection of Assamese manuscripts, relics, sculptures and other artifacts. Large scale encroachment, neglect by the government administration and natural causes have nearly destroyed the Satras and numerous manuscripts in it. Biman Hazarika of Dhing College and New Delhi-based Bijoy Bhuyan are now on a mission to save the Satras of Assam.

Biman Hazarika says ‘Till half a century ago, most of these satras were both culturally and academically rich. Our plan is to make the local villagers aware of the necessity of preserving the cultural and religious resources of these institutions.’ Hazarika said.

The duo intend to cover seven Vaishnavite monasteries (satras) — Kubaikata, Ai Lakhi, Aibheti Nasatra, Salaguri Leteri, Bali, Kuji and Ali Pukhuri Patekibori — during the course of their mission. (Source: The Telegraph)

The Satras are located in Morigaon District and Nagaon District of Assam and are in around Borduwa, the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardev.

The Assam State Musuem, the Kamrupa Anusandhana Samiti and the Department of Historical and Antiquarian Studies in Assam have preserved a large number of manuscripts and artifacts.

This is an example of a manuscript preserved in Assam. In it Lord Krishna fights Demon Naraka.

There are many more such manuscripts left in the Satras of Assam to be preserved.


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