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Temples & Legends Of Assam
Index Of Assam Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author's Introduction
Introduction Kamakhya
Asvakranta Vasisthasrama
Umananda Ugra Tara
Sukresvara  The Navagraha
Hajo Dah Parbatiya
Sib Sagar Tamresvari
Sri Surya Ruins The Hatimura Temple
The Satras-I The Satras-II
The Satras-III The Barpeta Satra
Majuli Satra Glossary
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE SATRAS - III

It is relevant to note that women have also specific duty to perform in the Namghars. Women from each household by rotation are to sweep and clean the Namghars daily. They are allowed to receive initiation; and they carry devotional chanting in the Namghars, of course, not simultaneously with the men disciples. Although women saints are not met with in other Vaishnava sects, it is only in Sankaradeva's faith that women have been found as heads of Sattas. Sankaradeva's grand - daughterin - law, Kanaklata became not only the head of a Satra but she herself appointed twelve Satradhikar’s to set up and organize more Satras.

One other notable contribution of the Satras is their works towards the upliftment and betterment of the backward classes and the bordering tribes of Assam. Sankaradeva, from the very beginning of
'his missionary career led a crusade against caste exclusiveness and Untouch- ability and strove for a recognized equality of all men irrespective of caste orcharacter in the eyes of God, and exhibited deep sympathy for the lower castes and down - trodden classes.

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