|After the death of
Madhavadeva, who became the chief apostle after Sankaradeva, the schism in the
Sankarite 'sect widened and consequently several
sub-sects or Sainhatis grew up. Some of the major sub-sects are Brahma-Samhati,
Kala-Sainhati,Nika-Samhati and Purusha - Samhati. As the disciples of these sub - sects
spread their activities, their missionary outposts became branches Satras, and the
original centres became the headquarters.
branch Satras founded by the Brahniana preachers
usually follow the pattern of the Bamuniya Satras,
like the Auniati or Dakhinpat, the other follows the setup of Bardowa or Barpeta and
derived inspiration from them.Whether original or branch, the Satras have huge establish- ments, departments and a
great number of structures.