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Raas Mahotsav

Raas Mahotsav mind map
Annual celebration
Location
Majuli, Assam
World's largest inhabited river island
Over River Brahmaputra
Rich in Vaishnavite monasteries (Satras)
Established by Srimanta Sankaradeva, 15th century
Centers of Vaishnavite religion
Art and cultural significance
Erosion challenges
Flooding of Brahmaputra
Himalayan glacial snow effects
Reduction in operational Satras (22 of 65 remain)
Date
November 2023
November 21st to 24th
Significance
Honors Lord Krishna
Life stages
Childhood in Vrindavan
Raas Lila with Gopis
Symbolizes
Spiritual connection
Individual and the Soul Supreme
Love and communal harmony
Assamese Neo-Vaishnavism central concept
Attracts
Devotees
Tourists
Cultural aspects
Performances
Dance
Drama
Bhaona (traditional drama form)
Ankiya Naat (one-act plays)
Keli Gopal by Sankaradeva
Raas Jhumura by Madhavadeva
Musical performances
Depiction
Over 100 characters on stage
Elements
Costumes
Mythological characters representation
Masks
Puppets
Celebration
Across 60+ pandals in Majuli
Satriya essence in Satras
2023 Observation
Financial support
From state government
Widespread participation
Devotees from various regions
Unique Satriya essence

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