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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

The main buildings of a Satra consist of Karapat, Namghar or Kirtanghar,or Manikut  Hati and the Satradhikar or Mahanta's residence. Each Satra has usually four Karapat, gateways, and in the midst stands the Namghar or Kirtanghar, the main prayer hall. Adjoining it, is the Manikut, a small building in which is placed the singhasana (a wooden throne which stands on four carved lions) or thapana, altar, which contains  the main object of worship, usually a copy of the Bhaavata - Purana in manuscript.

In passage of time,  some Satras began to lose the rigor of their injunctions against idolatry and as a consequence - some Satras, particularly the Satras established by the Brahmana leaders, came even to place an image of  Krishna. It appears, however, that the image is kept more with an eye towards decoration and to attract converts than as a necessaryparaphernalia of the religious worship. Around the thapana are many sacred objects; earthen lamps and incense are also burnt before it. The Hatis are group of huts placed on the four quarters of the compound where the monks live in their own cell.

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