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Life of Srimanta Sankaradeva : chronology of events

Researched and Prepared by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti 1320—Chandibar, forefather of Srimanta Sankaradeva migrated from Kannauj 1419-20—Kusumbar Bhuyan, father of Sankaradeva married Satyasandhya 1449—Sankara was born at Alipukhuri 1450—Sankara’s grandfather Suryabar died 1451— Sankara’s brother Banganya was born 1454— Sankara given Uttari 1457—Kusumbar Bhuyan died 1461— Sankara’s education started under Mahendra Kandali 1465— Sankara completed …

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In memory of Narayan Chandra Goswami

I have known Sattradhikar Narayan Chandra Goswami for about twenty five years. It started with a disinformation campaign by some Chaitanyaites who were writing articles that Srimanta Sankaradeva had taken ideas from Chaitanyadeva. I wrote a series of articles in vernacular media of Assam in mid-nineties of the last century. This series first appeared in …

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Spiritual humanist Srimanta Sankaradeva

Srimanta Sankaradeva was a great polymath, who contributed in numerous disciplines. He created a new religious order named Eka Sharana Nāma Dharma, which had many distinctive features. He was not only a religious leader, but also a poet, playwright, textual critic, musician, actor, director, dancer, choreographer, painter, textile designer and so on. He was even …

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Than & Sattra institution : a living heritage of Sankaradeva legacy  

  The Thân or Sattra institution is a living heritage bequeathed to the posterity by Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449 AD – 1568 AD). Unlike most heritages, which are long dead, the Thân or Sattra institution continues to be a vibrant one. Earlier, it was known only as Thân. Later on the name Sattra also came to be used. The …

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Srimanta Sankaradeva as a social reformer

Srimanta Sankaradeva created a new religion, Eka Sarana Nâma Dharma. But he was not a religious preceptor alone. He had multi-faceted talent in the disciplines of dance, music, drama, verses etc. He also created a new social structure. He may be placed among the all time greats in the world for his role in social …

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Place of Srimanta Sankaradeva in All-India Perspective

Study about the life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva is of great academic importance in Assam. The father of Assamese nation, Srimanta Sankaradeva is revered by people from all walks of life in Assam. The literary and cultural contributions by the saint continue to influence the modern creative works. But strangely very little is known …

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Vaishnava Literary Tradition of Assam

Assam has a rich tradition of Vaishnavite literature. The majority of the people in Assam are believers of Vaishnavite faith. So the literary activities in Assam have been dominated by the Vaishnavite literature. The history of such literature goes back to the sixth century, when Puroshottama Gajapati authored a book named Deepikâ Sanda. An emperor …

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Majuli and its case for world heritage status

Majuli, one of the largest river islands in the world has been in the news for last several years for the consistent bids to the World Heritage Committee, UNESCO for World Heritage status. The World Heritage Committee not only decides whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List, but also defines the use …

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Role of Thâns and Sattras in spreading education

The Thâns and Sattras have played a crucial role in shaping the Assamese society. This institution created by Srimanta Sankaradeva in the medieval era helped Assam and the Assamese in getting modernised, in getting rid of medieval evils. One of these activities carried out by the Thâns and Sattras included the crucial task of spreading …

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