Majuli is the world’s largest deltaic island. The Guinness World Records on Thursday declared Assam’s Majuli as the largest river island in the world. The island is in the Brahmaputra River.
Majuli has a total area of 880 km² (340 miles²) and the dwellers are mostly of the Mising tribes from Arunachal Pradesh who immigrated here centuries ago. Apart from them, the inhabitants are from the Deori and Sonowal Kacharis tribes.
Every monsoon, the roaring Brahmaputra takesestled between the mighty Brahmaputra River’s ever-shifting sandbanks, Majuli is the world’s largest deltaic island.Every monsoon, the roaring Brahmaputra takes great bites out of the island, swallowing many homes. Despite being ravaged by nature, Majuli, India’s first island district, flaunts a vibrant culture and unparalleled scenic beauty. According to Guinness World Records, the island lost around one-third of its area in the last 30-40 years due to frequent flooding of the river.
About Majuli island
Geographical occurrence: The fluvial riverine island is formed by the Brahmaputra river system. It is the world’s largest mid river delta (island) system. The island is surrounded by Subanisri River in the North, main Brahmaputra River on the South and kherkatia Suli, split channel of Brahmaputra River in northeast.
People and Culture: Majuli island is mostly inhabited by Mishing tribal people. It has been the hub of Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture initiated by saint-reformer Srimanta Sankardeva in 15th century.
Here is some mesmerising images of this idyllic locale.
Despite being ravaged by nature, Majuli, India’s first island district, flaunts a vibrant culture and unparalleled scenic beauty.