Ahom King Chaolung Siukapha: The Architect of Greater Assam

Chaolung Siukapha was the founder of the Ahom Kingdom, and the first Ahom King in medieval Assam. The Tai word Chao means Lord and Lung means Great. The Great Lord Swargadeo Chaolung Siukapha was considered, by the Ahoms, to be a descendant of God Khunlung, who had come down from heaven and had ruled Mong… Continue reading Ahom King Chaolung Siukapha: The Architect of Greater Assam

Assamese Traditional Jewellery: A Tale of the Rich Cultural Legacy

The Assamese traditional jewellery in essence shows the rich cultural legacy of Assam. Drawing inspiration from little things which appears mundane, the early craftsmen created beautiful pieces of art with sheer skill and imagination. The flora and fauna of the region has also been a source of inspiration to these craftsmen. Brief History of Assamese… Continue reading Assamese Traditional Jewellery: A Tale of the Rich Cultural Legacy

Visit these Restaurants in Guwahati for Ethnic Assamese food: My personal favorites!

Assamese cuisine is a burst of different rich flavors which is light on your palate at the same time. For many of you gahori manxho, xhar, aloo pitika might be synonymous to ethnic Assamese cuisine. But the variety which Assamese cuisine offers is unimaginable unless you see and savour it yourself. From locally grown herbs… Continue reading Visit these Restaurants in Guwahati for Ethnic Assamese food: My personal favorites!

Traditional Attires of Assam and The Ahom Dress

Traditional dress of Assam: The Mekhela Chador Assam silk is the indigenous silk of Assam comprising of Muga, Paat and Eri silk. The traditional dress of Assam, the Mekhela Chador is mostly woven out of these three silk and is naturally the pride of the Assamese people. The mekhela chador is a three piece attire… Continue reading Traditional Attires of Assam and The Ahom Dress

Rongali Bihu: The Assamese New Year

Rongali Bihu: The Advent, the previous post, I have mentioned that Bihu is the thread that holds the people of Assam together, irrespective of community, ethnicity, language or religion. Rongali Bihu is the Assamese New Year but people of Assam come together as a state to celebrate this colourful festival. Rongali is symbolic of youth.… Continue reading Rongali Bihu: The Assamese New Year

Rongali Bihu: The Advent

Bohaag mathu eti ritu nohoi Nohoi Bohaag eti maah Axomiya jaatir e ayukh rekha Gonojiyonor e xakh Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bohaag Bihu, the Assamese New Year is the most important festival of Assam. It would be unfair to call it merely a festival because Bihu, in reality, is the thread which binds the people here… Continue reading Rongali Bihu: The Advent

Deepor Beel – A Haven for Migratory Birds in Winter

Asom amar rupohi Gunoru nai hekh Bharotore purba dixhor Surjya utha dekh …………. Assam, situated in the east of India, is an agrarian state and is naturally rich with flora and fauna. The perception of this state in the minds of many is that of a ‘jungle’ where animals run wild. But for us the… Continue reading Deepor Beel – A Haven for Migratory Birds in Winter

The Na-Khua tradition – Thanksgiving in Assamese culture

O mur dharitri ai, soronote diba thai Khetiokor nistar nai, mati bin oxohai Doya kora doyaxila ai …….. …….. Mati ke xaboti dhori Mati ke sarothi kori Matir bukut sunit dhalu Jironi pahori Dhoritri ai mur Amak tumi neriba Tumar seneh bine ai Ami nirupai Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Assam is mainly an agriculture based economy… Continue reading The Na-Khua tradition – Thanksgiving in Assamese culture

Maha Shivratri and Shivdol of Heritage Sivasagar

Shivdol is a group of structures on the banks of the Sivasagar tank, also known as Borpukhuri, in Sivasagar, Assam. It comprises of three different temples namely Shivdol meaning temple of Lord Shiva, Vishnudol meaning temple of Lord Vishnu and Devidol meaning temple of Goddess Durga. Lord Shiva along with Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma… Continue reading Maha Shivratri and Shivdol of Heritage Sivasagar

Magh Bihu – Harvest Festival of Assam

Magh Bihu is known as the harvest festival of Assam. It is celebrated in the month of Magha marking the end of the harvest season in Assam. It falls around mid- January and is a time of abundance which we celebrate with lot of festivities and feasting. Hence this Bihu is also called Bhogali Bihu… Continue reading Magh Bihu – Harvest Festival of Assam