Brahmaputra Baits

Assam or Prajyotishapura… the land on the banks of Brahmaputra to me has been romantic space. When I want to think exotic I used to try to visualize Guwahati. The transit zone from the mainstream to the mystic mysterious east.

Guwahati on the Brahmaputra takes its name from Guwa or areca nut and Haat or market.

Brahmaputra is the 10th largest river of the world and the ancient Kingdom of Kamarupa was here. It was traditionally it was traditionally ruled by Danava’s or the fierce mountain people who were overcome by Naraka he in turn established the Prajyotishapura. Prajyotishapura could mean either the city of the eastern light or city of eastern astrology.

Durjaya or the impregnable fort was the other capital.

The belief goes that Naraka (who could have been a hinduized tribal youth) destroyed Ghatakasura the last of the Kirata Danava Kings, to establish the Bhauma dynasty. Naraka is believed to be the son of Bhudevi and Vishnu in the varaha avatar.

Assam is rich in natural resources, forest and animal diversity.

Right from the ancient times, Assam being strong in waterways, trade has flourished which added to the natural resources bringing a wealth of learning, art, poetry, the weaves and handicrafts of the northeast have found their market through Assam

The two days in Guwhati was like a trailer. I am definitely planning a tour there. Gautamji, I shall take you on your offer to see the home tea gardens, and the authentic way the Assamese live.

guwahati airport (2)
At the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordolai airport. The star attractions are the statues of the one horned rhino and the varaha avatar
guwahati airport (3)
the panel at the airport with various masks.
guwahati airport (5)
LGB airport
guwahati airport (6)
The icon of brahma, garuda , durjay seem pretty popular
Guwahati banks of Brahmaputra
The image of Lacit Bhuphukan on the Brahmaputra.
Guwahati e-rickshaw (1)
e-richkshaws which are a combination of the metro rickshaws of Dehradun and the Jugaad of Jamnagar
Guwhati city (1)
A hanuman temple on the main road, I was intrigued by the tree around which the temple was built
Guwhati city (2)
The Brhamaputra playing peekaboo.
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (1)
Puppets in Srimant Sankaradeva Museum
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (2)
Masks once again, or should I shay the head shots
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (3)
more masks
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (5)
caught in the act, explaining the sutradhara movement. The Gurupeet, Varaha, Sheshanaga and Hanuman in place.
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (7)
demo continues in front of the Gurupeet, which is honored with the Assamese Gamcha,. All artists bow to this before going a performance
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (9)
various masks and heads. Brahma is a popular one, but we were not allowed to photograph it.
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (10)
The prayer offering.
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (11)
The Gurupeet in its actual size
guwhati Srimant Sankaradeva museum (12)
The serai, when the serai is offered to someone,it symbolizes reverence, and surrender.
Guwhati-Bhupen Hazarika Museum (1)
At the Bhupen Hazarika museum with cast and crew of swapnavasavadutta.

 

 

 

 

 

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