Majuli literally means ‘land between two parallel rivers’ and so it was many centuries ago, lying between the rivers Brahmaputra to the north and Burhidihing in the south. Several earthquakes, changes in the course of the rivers and severe erosion have today left Majuli with a meagre 420 Km² of area, down from 1,250 Km² that it once covered. Majuli is now the 2nd largest fresh water river island in the world and a treasure island of culture, snuggles in the bosom of the mighty Brahmaputra.
Every year in November, Majuli hosts the Raas Mahotsav Festival, celebrating the divinity of Hindu God Krishna with infectious fever. The various monasteries of the island stage various interpretations of Krishna’s life by using folk dances, puppets, masks, songs and dance, all enrolled in a charming riot of colors. All communities of the island play a part during this time – children acting in plays, teachers lending their voices to characters, shopkeepers and bank employees reciting songs and chants.
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