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|Majuli Island its surroundings.Assam,India. majulilandscape.gov.in|
Considered as the largest fresh water river island in the world, Majuli is located in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra river just 20 km away from the Cultural Capital of Assam - Jorhat. The island, situated in Jorhat district of northern Assam, is about
80 km wide and about 10-15 km long, with a total area of 875 sq.km in midstream of the delta system. The island is formed by the Brahmaputra river in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti, a branch of the Brahmaputra, joined by the Subansiri River in the north.
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Majulians, who migrated to the island over centuries, form a mixed community of various ethnic-cultural groups , each retaining their own traditions and skills. Here people follow the Neo - Vaishnava tradition propagated by saint Srimanta Sankardeva. During the three-day long Raas festival, every person on the island is actively involved, depicting the life of Sri. Krishna. Majuli has been the cultural capital of Assamese civilization since the 16th century. Majuli include Vaishnava Satra, Paal Namm and various other festivals, Pottery making, Sunset, Mask making and so on.Main occupation here is agriculture and they follow a diverse agriculture tradition. The staple crop is rice and they produce an array of more than 150 varieties of rice here. An interesting aspect is rice can be cooked in boiled water in 15 minutes' time without any fuss. No chemicals and fertilizers are used for cultivation here. Apong (rice beer) is quite famous here.Major ethnic groups include Mishing, Deori, Sonowal Kacharis.
Surprisingly the island is made of hundred and forty four villages with a population of over 160,000 and a density of 300 individuals per square km. Their only contact with the outside world is by means of ferry services that are available six times a day. It is a fertile island and this being due to nutrient-rich sediments deposited on the banks of Brahmaputra. Namghar is an important place of activities for the villages. Here, they meet frequently and discuss issues with respect to the affairs of the villages, their grievances, social, civil issues, etc.
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