Majuli Island is present in Brahmaputra river and is the largest island in river in the world. It is said that Lord Krishna used to play on this island.
Among other records, India also has the distinction of having the largest riverine island in the world. At 800 sq km, Majuli island in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra is nature at its best!
Majuli is a civil sub-division of Jorhat District. It is located 20 km. off Jorhat town (Assam, India). It is a pollution free fresh water island that is easily accessible by ferry.
Playground of Lord Krishna
It is also a spiritual destination for many. Legend has it that Lord Krishna played on this island. It is also home to many monasteries. Satras located on this island propagate the religious ideology of the great Assamese medieval Vaishnavite saints Sankaradeva and Madhavdeva. Approximately 25 Satras now exist on the island of which the ones of Kamalabari, Auniati & Garmur are worth paying a visit.
Majuli is very abundant in terms of floral and fauna. Water bodies surround the island on all sides, thus, attracting plenty of local and migratory birds. It is also home to rare birds like the pelican. Watching the sun drown into the waters of the Brahmaputra is another absolute delight. For adventure sports lovers, water sports like rafting are viable options in the offing.
This island is inhabited by tribes, all of which possess their own, distinct cultural identity.
A pottery making centre is situated at Upper Majuli. Tribesmen display their pottery pieces. Tourists get a peek into the natives’ life and mode of earning here.
Cultural festivals are also organized at different times of the year. These fests are a confluence of tribal dances, seminars, traditional cuisine, etc. The Pal Naam carnival at Auniati Satra is a huge mela held at the end of autumn season. Another festival organized by the Sonowal Kacharis tribe is "Bathow Puja" where Lord Shiva is worshipped with high veneration. Another very popular festival is Ali - Ai - Lvigang of the Mising tribe that is celebrated here during the first Wednesday of the month Ginmur Polo, i.e. somewhere around February – March.
With so much variety offered on the palate, Majuli is undoubtedly a must-visit on the traveler’s list!