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LOCATIONS IN ASSAM
* 17 Sep 2021
The Majuli river Island
in Assam (North-East of India) is a fluvial landform (a riverine
delta), a unique geographical occurrence and a result of the dynamics of
the vast river system, Brahmaputra.
The island is bounded by the river Subanisri and her tributaries
Ranganadi, Dikrong, Dubla,Chici and Tuni etc. on the North west, the
kherkatia Suli ( a spill channel of the river Brahmaputra) in the
northeast and the main Brahmaputra River on the South and the South
west. These tributaries usually bring flashy floods with heavy load of
fine silt and clayey sediments. They has also very steep slopes, shallow
braided shifting channels and had course of sandy beds.
The island today is separated from the mainland of Assam by 2.5 km. It
is approached from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat district by ferry, which is on
the south of the island, and Kamalabari in Majuli is where one lands.
The other mainland towns in proximity to the island on the North bank of
mainland are North Lakhimpur and Dhakuwakhana.
The island of Majuli today houses a total of 243 small and large villages.
There are a total of 30 Sattras in Majuli many of which are in the
mainland, few of them are in Chapori areas, with a distinct spiritual
influence region. These are located primarily towards the middle of the
Majuli, India’s first island district. Majuli homes are made from bamboo
and placed on concrete pillars at a height of about two feet from the
ground in order to prevent water from seeping in during the monsoon
floods. The island is home to the Mishing tribe, the Deoris, the Sonowal
Kacharis and the Ahoms.
Craftsmen make masks from bamboo frames covered with cotton cloth, clay,
and cow dung. Samaguri is the mask making monastery of Majuli.