Sankaradeva's religion has many institutional
aspects, and these exercise even today a tremendous influence on the cultural,
social and community life of the Assamese people. As an institution, it may
be considered mainly in two major aspects: the Satras
The word 'Satra' was used to denote a place of
religious gathering. In the words of Bhatta Deva, "Where ardent devotees
perform duties pleasing to God, where nine-fold Bhakti prevails, that supreme place
adomed by Gods and Vaishnavas is called a Satra.
Vaishnavas residing there are naturally prone to Harinama."
Author - B.K.Barua &