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Majuli Island - Part 2

Majuli Island, Assam - April 2011



Majuli Island, a land forgotten by the time...


It is now becoming famous, thankf to its "dancing monks" who live in "Satras" (monasteries). These monks pray Vishnu, in his Krishna avatar - there are different branches and rules depending on the monasteries...

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Majuli Island - Part 1

After Kaziranga, we went to Majuli island, in the middle of the Brahmaputra river.


Brahmaputra. A fascination name.

Brahmaputra means « Son of Brahma ». According to a legend (there are plenty apparently), Brahma wanted a son, "for the benefit of humanity" so he contacted a couple of pious people. The wife bore the child. When he was born, the husband took the baby and left it at the epicenter of 4 mountains where he took the shape of a big water mass where Gods and divine virgins used to come to bath. Hence, a masculine name for the Brahmaputra. 


TheBrahmaputra, A mighthy river (which is said to bring 30% of the water ressources of India), flows in Tibet, India and Bangladesh - changing its name at every border... 


Majuli island (a river island) has been disappearing, carried away by the Brahmaputra... Its superficy has reduced by half since 19050 - today it is 800 km2.Inde,Assam