Raas Festival for this year 29th November-1st December, 2020

Raas Leela

Raas leela is the story of the life of Lord Krishna presented in the performing art form. The event of Raas Leela as mentioned in the ‘BhagawatPurana ’depicts a blissful story with Bhakti Rasa.

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History of Raas

According to folklore, Dakhinpat Satra’s 10th Satradhikar Basudev Goswami got a divine order in his dreams to hold Sri Krishna Raas Leela in the Satra to save the Satra from erosion.

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Majuli

Majuli is one of the largest inhabited river island of the world and the 1st island district of the country. Majuli has been cultural hub and the cradle of Assamese Civilization for the past 550 years.

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হৰি নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন
প্ৰভু নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন

আৰে বিমল অম্বুজ, বিমলই অম্বুজ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন,
হৰি নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন
প্ৰভু নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন

ৰতন আসন ৰতন ঘোষন
তপব কাঞ্চন মৰণ
জলস ৰনভ পৰম পল্লভ
যেন বিকশিত ধৰণ,
হৰি নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন
প্ৰভু নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন

ঘেৰি ঘেৰি পলক পুণিত
আনন্দে আনিএ কিও !
গোপীসদে কহে কৰণ কমলে
সম্পকালে স্থানে দিও,
হৰি নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন
প্ৰভু নাচে কৃষ্ণ
বিমলই অম্বুজ বদন



Lord Krishna is dancing among Gopies
And his charming beauty
Dazzles like the blooming lotus


His clean and charming beauty
Fascinates all.
He shines with golden beauty
Inspires emotions of love


He is reflected everywhere on earth,
Water and in the sky charming as Full moon.


Let us enjoy the rare taste of nectar (honey)
By dancing, playing and singing around him.
Danced, played and sang to be happy
And overjoyed with the attachment of beautiful Krishna.

Raas Leela

Raas leela is the story of the life of Lord Krishna presented in the form of performing art. The event of Raas Leela as mentioned in the ‘Bhagawat Purana’ depicts a blissful story with Bhakti Rasa. Here Lord Krishna plays the lead in divine form, who is accompanied by the Gopis of Gakul. The Raas leela is classified mainly into nine Bhakti Raas and Natya Raas, out of which Bhakti Raas assumes much significant. It begins with the birth of Lord Krishna, his upbringing at the house of King Nanda, his tending the cows at Gokula along with his fellow cowherds, his childhood activities, his killing of the demons like Bakasura, Aghasur, Pralambasur, Dhenukasur, Chakrabat, Putana, Kaliya and of Kansa-his maternal uncle, at various times of his youth and on various other occasions, and finally his amorous play with the Gopis. In the Udasin Satras, the Raas dance is performed by the celibate inmates of the Satra- the Bhakats-donning female costumes in the night in the Namghar with music and dance. Performance of Raas Leela involves various classes of musical instruments, mask, painting, music, dance and artifacts. Raas Leela is an annual festival performed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of October-November (Kati-Aghun) during the autumn season. During this festival, Majuli draw a large number of deciples, devotees and tourists.

History


According to folklore, Dakhinpat Satra’s 10th Satradhikar Basudev Goswami got a divine order in his dreams to hold Sri Krishna Raas Leela in the Satra to save the Satra from erosion. Following that order Basudev Goswami wrote a play on Lord Krishna’s life till the killing of Aristasur and began holding acts based on that play.

Raas Leela was introduced as a stage performance by Sri Sri Pitambardeva Goswami, ex-Satradhikar and social reformer of Garamur Satra in the year 1934. In 1950, he permitted the girls of the Satra to take roles in Raas Leela and dance. Today in most of the centers, women participation in Raas Leela is quite normal. This festival has a great impact on the life and the culture of the people of Majuli. Though it is a part of the culture of the Satras, it is performed in many of the villages. During the festival every man, woman and child remains busy in receiving visitors and performing different duties related to the festival. This lasts for four to five days at a stretch, lakhs of outsiders visit the island and people of Majuli treats them as their guests.

Back

Majuli is one of the largest inhabited river island of the world and the first island district of the country. Majuli has been the cultural hub and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past 550 years. Majuli with its sublime and serene atmosphere provided the proper backdrop for the historic “Moni-Kanchan Sanyog” between Assam’s great saint, poet, litterateur and social reformer Srimanta Sankardeva and his famous disciple Madhabdeva in the 15th century. Ever since that meeting of the great minds and the subsequent establishment of Satra, Majuli emerged as the crowning glory of vaishnavite culture of Assam.

Majuli, a unique creation of the mighty river Brahmaputra, further enhances the beauty and gaiety of the river. It is situated within the river Brahmaputra in Upper Assam and bounded by the co-ordinates 26’56’ N-27’10 N Latitudes and 93’35’E-94:35 E Longitudes. Majuli, at present is one of the most attractive eco- tourism destinations in India and abroad. The river’s rivulets, channels, streams, vegetation, bio diversity, different communities and Satra make this region a heaven for eco and cultural tourism.

It is recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as World’s Largest River Island. It has an area of 650sq. km and population of 1.68000 as per 2011 census. Majuli is accessible by ferries from the city of Jorhat. The island is about 350 kms East from the state’s largest city- Guwahati. On the north bank is the river Subansiri and on the south bank, the mighty Brahmaputra has excluded the island from the mainland. Lakhimpur town is to the north and Golaghat is to its south-west. The town of Sivasagar is on the southeast and Jorhat is to the south, On the extreme east is Dibrugarh District.

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