Dating back to 500 years old, Barpeta Satra is an important place of worship in Assam. It was established by a saint named Madhabdev in the year 1583 AD and was earlier known as Barpetathan. Saint Madhabdev stayed there for 8 long years but left this place in order to learn from Sri Srimanta Sankaradeva, and gave the responsibility of the satra to one of his disciples named Sri Mathura Das Burha Ata.
Satra premises begin with 3 Batchara (entry gates), the main complex is protected by walls namely, Nahati Batchara (westside entry), Uttar Hati Batchara (North Entry) and Dakshinhati Batchara (Entry from South). On the eastern side of the satra, a canal (Hari Jaan) is flowing. People are not allowed to travel on any vehicle beyond these Batchara. The rules are mentioned on signboards in Assamese and Hindi. It was originally built as a kutcha house but later concreted in the year 1870 and is spread over a huge area with decorative wall paintings.
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Exploring the entire premise is an interest thing to do and this can take 2-3 hours of your time. The kirtan ghar here is a great example of excellent craftsmanship.
Baghbar Hill is another place that you can visit. It is located 20 kms from Barpeta. The most important place that you can visit from Barpeta is the Manas National Park which is a reserve forest offering scenic landscape. It is home to many animals including tiger, elephant, leopard, and golden langur.
You can reach the Barpeta satra by auto rickshaws or taxis, however you can only reach till the gate and from there no vehicle is allowed.