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.