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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 DhingCollege 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 th…

Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cuisine by Yamuna Devi is an impressive cookbook with more than 500 recipes and was the winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year Award. The book was first published in 1987 and numerous editions followed. All recipes are based on readily available ingredients. The recipes are enlivened by the author's anecdotes and personal reminiscences of her years in India, including stories of gathering recipes from royal families and temple cooks, which had been jealously guarded for centuries. From a review on the Book…I'm not Indian, and I'm not vegetarian, but the recipes in this book are outstanding! I've cooked out if it for years, and am still tempted by new and wonderful recipes, and I can't remember ever cooking something out of this book that my family didn't love. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.You can buy the book or find more details here