India, Oct. 20 -- Every year as annual floods ravage most parts of Assam, Majuli-- the world's largest river island shrinks. Erosion caused by surging waters of the Brahmaputra reduces the size of the river island even further.

The threat to Majuli, the seat of neo-Vaishnavite culture in Assam, is not new. Spread over 1,256 sq km at the beginning of the 20th century, the island has now been reduced to around 350 sq km uprooting many of its residents in the process.

Majuli used to be home to 65 'Satras', Vaishnavite monasteries which preserve and propagate the teachings of 15th century scholar-reformer Srimanta Sankardev. Only 22 of them exist now, the others shifted from the island due to the threat of erosion.

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