Majuli Island, Assam – A Riverine Island
After having spent a splendid day in the lap of the nature near the tranquilized surroundings of the Iskcon temple in the previous day, we were charged enough to take our journey further to enjoy the panorama of the state of Assam. On the fourth day of our stay in Assam, we decided to venture to the Majuli Island, which is known to be the largest riverine island in the entire word. Since there is the mighty river Brahmaputra flowing through the state crossing its heart, the ambience of the state is undoubtedly appealing.
Maujlai is said to be a place for Vaishnavite faith, practice and culture. The satrasof the place make it more important. The first satra is said to have been set up by Madhabdeva and Sankardeva together, which is more popularly known as the Manikanchan Sanjog. In Majuli, there were in totality 65 satras present, which is now reduced to 22.
The Majuli Island has rich and colorful bio diversity. There is a range of flora available in the island which make the surrounding more enthralling. Several endangered species of birds such as whistling teal, adjutant stork, pelican etc. are found in the natural surroundings of the Majuli Island.
We walked through the villages of Majuli which provided a really warming and gratifying feeling to us. We observed the simple living styles of the people of the village who earn their livelihood by weaving, fishing, irrigating and doing poultry farming and sericulture. Other than these, boat making and handloom are the prevalent lifestyle practices of the people staying as denizens in the Majuli Village.
The place is also famous for growing natural rice without the use of a single drop of pesticide or insect killer. Staple food of the state is rice and therefore the people of the village make sure that the rice grown in the state is organic and produced only in the natural way.
Majuli is located at a distance of just 20 kilometers from the Jorhat town. To reach at Jorhat, we again had to make a long journey from Guwahati. However the entire journey was worth it as the natural vistas and natural way of living of the people could not have been in the upgraded parts of the state.