Photos: On Assam’s Majuli island, monks keep an ancient tradition alive
Updated: Sep 12, 2018 12:26 IST
On Majuli, an island on the Brahmaputra in Assam, Satras or monasteries, emerged in the medieval period as an institution to spread neo Vaishnavism, the teachings of Sankardev, for congregation and to promote socio-cultural exchange. Of note were the resident Vaishnava monks who believe the way to salvation is through dance, drama and music. Five hundred years later, more than 20 such Vaishnavite monasteries on the island carry forward an ancient tradition of dance and other forms that melds worship with the arts.