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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

In these religious services, songs are sung, religious texts are chanted and recited  and extracts from the biographies of the saints are read out to the gathering. At these services drums   are beaten, cymbals are tinkled, earthen lamps are lighted and sacred food is offered. At the close of  the services mah-prasad is distributed to the gathering.

It should be noted that the Satras work both as seats of religious learning and residential-schools.  The Bhaktas live here under the guardianship of the Satradhikar, who is responsible both for their  temporal welfare and spiritual progress. Further, each pupil monk when he comes to enter the  monastic life is immediately placed under the charge of a senior or elderly bhakta. During the   probationary period the pupil-monk serves as aldhara or personal attendant to the senior bhakta,  who as a guide train him in monastic life, discipline, liturgy and doctrinal practices. The pupil - monks also receive education from other functionaries of the Satra, particularly from Bhagavati and Pathak.  They impart instructions both orally and through written tests and services.

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