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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

Describing the   general set-up of a Satra, the District Gazetteers of the Sibsagar District, 1905 writes, "There is  something singularly gracious and pleasing in the whole atmosphere of the place. Everything is  fresh and  neat, and well to do. The well-groomed smiling monks are evidently at peace with themselves and  with the world at large, and even the little boys who flock around them are usually clean and well behaved. These children are recruited from the neighboring villages and trained up to be Bhaktas,  but ii at any then they find the rituals of celibacy irksome,they are at liberty to return to the outer  world.’

To educate the Bhaktas in religious learning and to train them in monastic life as well as to look after the administration of the establishments, the Satras have different ecclesiastical order and a hierarchy of officers. The ecclesiastical order consists of Satradhikar or Mahants, Bhaktas, Sisyas, laity, both men and women.

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