Assam is known for many Interesting facts which makes you wonder which may be the sacred lamp, or land of witchcraft or The Mysterious Bird Suicide Phenomenon of Jatinga . One of the world heritage can be spotted here (Kaziranga National Park) and it is home to almost two thirds of world’s rhinoceros population. When I drink tea, first think that come to my mind is Assam. I was surprised when I come to know that Assam has its own state anthem. Assam is the state with world’s largest river island. So not holding these surprises too long, let us read these 10 interesting facts about Assam state from below.
10 Interesting Facts About Assam which makes you wonder
- A sacred lamp at a Vaishnavite monastery in Jorhat district has been burning for continuously for more than 450 years. This lamp is being recognized by the Asia book of records. Asia Book of Records is world record registrar organisation which register human achievement and natural events for individual and institutions based in the Asian countries. The lamp was first lighted in 1528 in Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar and has been kept burning.
- Mayong (or Mayang, also known as the Land of Black Magic) is a village in Morigaon district, Assam, India. It lies on the bank of the river Brahmaputra, approximately 40 km (25 mi) from the city of Guwahati. The name of this village is derived from Sanskrit word Maya which means illusion. Due to its mysterious and creepy past that involves a lot of black magic, Mayong is turning into a crazy tourist spot.
- Brahmaputra river is the lifeline of the all the people living in Assam . ‘Majuli’ is the river island (A river island is any exposed land surrounded by river water) in the Brahmaputra River, Assam. In 2016, it [Majuli] became the first island to be made a district in India. Majuli is currently listed as the world’s largest river island in the Guinness Book of World Records. Majuli being the epitome of Neo Vaishnavite renaissance, is still home to various ethnic tribal groups comprising of Deoris, Mising, Sonowal Kacharis, and Ahoms.
- Kaziranga boasts of almost two thirds of world’s rhinoceros population. Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Kaziranga also locally known as the land of red Goats (Deer). The national park owes its existence to Mary Curzon, wife of Viceroy, Lord Curzon, who proposed the idea of converting Kaziranga into a reserve forest. It is UNESCO approved world heritage.
- Jatinga commonly known as the valley of death of birds is a small village on a ridge located in Dima Hasao district. Birds come here from different places to commit suicide. Usually birds don’t have tendency to commit suicide, but mysterious things happen here. It happens in the late monsoon months and between 7 p.m -10 p.m. According to the villagers, evil spirits flying in the sky is responsible for this. Real reasons behind the jatinga birds suicide cannot be confirmed as there are many reasons cited by the researchers as well as spoken by the public of jatinga. The Mysterious Bird Suicide Phenomenon of Jatinga is a mystery.
- Digboi is known as the ‘Oil City of Assam’ where the first oil well in Asia was drilled. Digboi is the birthplace of Indian oil industry and the first refinery of the country too located here. is a town and a town area committee in Tinsukia district.
- O Mur Apunar Desh (Oh My Endearing Country) is the State Song or State Anthem of Assam. It was written by Lakshminath Bezbarua and it is considered one of his finest poems. In 1927, at a conference in Tezpur, it was officially adopted as the State Anthem.
- Bihu is the major festival of assam but you would be surprised to know that Assamese celebrate thrice in an year.
- Assam is the largest producer of tea in India.
- Bhupen Hazarika Setu which India’s longest river bridge, connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh. It is 9.15 kilometers in length. This is also called Dhola–Sadiya Bridge. The bridge is the first permanent road connection between the northern Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh.