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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

Besides, there is a class of special Bhaktas called Kewaliyas, celibates
who have forsaken the world in early life and residing in a Satra devote themselves to rigorous discipline, religious life and practices. The Satradhikar runs the entire administration. In some Satras, he is designated as Mahanta or Gosain, and he is a lifelong celibate.

In some Satras, however, the Satradhikar are allowed to lead a household life. It should be noted that the Satra-institutions gave rise to a new priest class appointed from the Sudra having position of spiritual power and social importance equal to Brahmans. Along  with it, the Satras introduced the system of worship of saints and the veneration of relics, particularly padd-silas, the footmarks.

 

 

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