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Raas Mahotsav Commences in Majuli, the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island

Majuli, the heart of Assamese Neo-Vaishnavism, is currently aglow with the festivities of the annual Raas Mahotsav, celebrated in grandeur amidst the picturesque landscape of the world's largest inhabited river island.

By Rekha Joshi 
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Majuli, the heart of Assamese Neo-Vaishnavism, is currently aglow with the festivities of the annual Raas Mahotsav, celebrated in grandeur amidst the picturesque landscape of the world’s largest inhabited river island. Nestled in the mighty Brahmaputra, Majuli is adorned with Vaishnavite monasteries, locally known as Satras, where the Raas festival unfolds in a splendid display, preserving the pure essence of the celebration.

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Cultural Significance of Majuli

Majuli, the core of Assamese Neo-Vaishnavism, boasts dozens of Vaishnavite monasteries, or Satras, contributing to its cultural and religious significance.

The island celebrates the Raas Mahotsav, a manifestation of devotion to Lord Krishna, attracting locals and visitors alike.

Traditional Performances

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Bhaona, a traditional form of drama rooted in Assamese culture, takes center stage during the Raas Mahotsav. Artists depict various mythological characters in this age-old performance art.

The tradition of Bhaona was initiated by Srimanta Sankardeva, a revered figure in the cultural and religious history of Assam.

Participating Monasteries

The Raas festival is organized with grandeur at various monasteries, including Auniati, Dakhinpat, Uttar Kamalabari, Natun Kamalabari, and Garmur Satras.

Thousands of spectators gather to witness the vibrant Raas performances held at these iconic monastic sites.

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Mythological Depictions

Raas celebrations in upper Assam districts involve locals dressing as Indian mythological characters, with intricately crafted masks representing various mythological creatures.

Public installations of statues depicting mythological figures contribute to the visual spectacle.

Government Support

The Assam government, led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has extended financial assistance to Raas committees. Each committee receives ₹25,000 to support the celebration of the traditional festival.

This initiative aligns with the government’s commitment to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the region.

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Chief Minister’s Visit

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is scheduled to visit Majuli to actively participate in the ongoing Raas Mahotsav, underscoring the government’s commitment to cultural preservation.

The Raas Mahotsav in Majuli encapsulates the spirit of devotion, tradition, and cultural richness, providing a vibrant and immersive experience for both locals and visitors alike.

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