Coming from Bijani Rajya, Damodar Aata, the grandson of Sankardeva established this Satra in the middle part of 17th century, when Assam was ruled by the Ahom king Jayadhaj Shingha. The first name of the Narua than was the Laumuri Satra. There are many controversies among people about the name of this Satra. Many people want to say that Damodar Aata came from upper Assam . At first he established the Laumuri Satra. A Brahmin named Bahude devoted the land of the Satra to Damodar Aata as a gift. Before this in 1314, Satyanarayan, the king of Sadhayapur gave the above mentioned area to Narayan Dwij for Bishnupuja. Later, the land transferred to this family from Narayan Dwijs family – for this reason it was called as Na-rua Satra instead of Laumuri Satra. According to under opining in 1323, Sadhayapuriya king Lakhinarayan devoted this land Ravidev Basaspati for Bishnupuja. After him, Haridev Basaspati, a son of this Brahman family gave this land and a statue to Damodar Aata. For this reason this Than became famous as Basudev Than: Narua Satra in later days. After some years the Satra transferred to under place. The land was given by the Ahom king Jayadhaj Shingha. This is the place where the present Satra is situated.
In 1585, Damodar Aata had died and his son Ramakanta Aata became the Adhikar, of the Basudev Than. When Maan attacked Assam he the Adhikar of this Satra. In those days, one Adhikar should see altogether three Satras i.e. Balipara, Bardua and Basudev. It became difficult to him to see the works of those three Satras in the same time. So gradually, Basudev than neglected by the Adhikar and it became as a waste land. The wood was growing and the place became as a forest. In 1683, after his death, Ramdev Ata became the Adhikar of this Satra. In that time the Adhikar was respected by the Ahom kings. In 1707 Ahom King Gourinath Shingha had come to Narua Satra by boat but some reasons he went back. From which part of the river the king had gone back to his Rajya, now called as Uvata Sampara. Knowing this fact, Ramdev Ata felt sorry and he went to the lower Assam and started to stay in Barpeta. But knowing his fault after many days, the king sent Mahidhar Dangharia to Narua Than and bestowed a Bor- kah.
Gradually, the building of the temple started to break and the place became deserted. It changed to a forest. In that time a well known man of Jalbhari Gaon Rangain Aldhara came to the Mandir in the day time and he look cares of Satra. For more than so years he had been doing those for the development of the situation of this temple. After long times, an honest person Achyut Ata came to the Satra from Bardua and he started to stay in Jalbhari. With Rangain Aldhara he established this Satra in that desired place. He also discovered some valuable wealth of the Mandir from a nearest cannel. From that day, even today also, it is known as Dhankhana Pukhuri. Near the old temple he started to build the new Mandir. In Maghi Purnima he has established Basudev Mandir in that new building and celebrated. From that day, men celebrated "Pal naam" in Maghi Purnima every year. In the time of his younger brother Mahesh Ata, a big "Namghar" was made.
Another name of Shri Krishna was Basudev. It is said by the common people that Rukmini had made this statue of Basusdev to find himself as her husband. So it is called that if any were who prayed these and wish the God Basudev will fulfill all their wishes. Like this, the Basudev than impressed many Bhaktas of it for long long times.
Including three slopes and 16 Nos. of highland, the Basudev Than covers about 200 Bighas of land which are full of dense forest. The Ajars, by the side of the entrance road make beautification of the area. Many Vishnu statues and other historical materials are found nearby the villages namely Ghanhibari, Amud Borbari, and Ubhatamukh etc. Such types of statue found in the village Ubhatamukh in 1952 and was deposited to the Than by the villagers. The Ramdhemali Gai festival is being celebrated at the Than by setting such a statue mentioned earlier. Many animals are sacrificed on the occasion and the people who get fruitful result of it leave animals and birds in the Than. It is a significance of the Than that the traditional mixture "salt" is not mixed in the Prasad, instead "sugar" is mixed. Now this tradition is maintained.
How To Reach Shri Shri Basudev Than :
1) By Road : The district of Lakhimpur is 380 kilometers by road from Guwahati, the state capital of Assam. One can come to Lakhimpur by air, water and road. Lakhimpur has easy access to all of the major places of Assam.
2) By Rail : Arunachal Express is operating between Lakhimpur and Guwahati via Rangia, Rangapara, Biswanath Chariali etc. This train leaves Guwahati in the evening and reaches Lakhimpur by the next morning. The railway station is situated in Nakari, approximately 2 km. from the town.
3) By Air : Lilabari is the the airport located around 5 kms away form the district HQ and Alliance India has launched a two-day-per-week flying schedule to Lakhimpur from Guwahati.
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