BARPETA DISTRICT (Assam)
|Total Area||2,677.33 sq km|
|Sex Ratio||940 females per 1000 male|
|Density||742 persons per sq km|
|District Head Quarter||Barpeta|
The district head quarter town Barpeta is located 140 km away from Guwahati. This Vaishnava is the traditional house of art and culture. Maha Purusha Shri Madhavdev founded Barpeta Satra, the famous Vaishnava temple in this city in the fifteenth century. The Doljatra (Holi) festival is celebrated here with pomp and pilgrimage. In 1939, the third institution of higher education in the state was established in this city. The famous Vaishnava temple temple of Assam Pataudi Satara and Sunderdea Satara are situated near this city. Barpeta is famous for the amazing Assamese jewelry. Its wood craft and ivory works bear distinctive mark of excellence in exquisite design and exclusive quality.
Kirtan Ghar, one of the prominent Vaishnavite shrines of Assam, is situated in this town. Mahapurush Madhavdeva. constructed a kind of stage named Rangial Ghar with a view to performing songs, dance, bhauna etc. in Barpeta. He had made Shri Mathura Das Aata chief (adhikar) of this institution before he went to Kochbihar. This is the biggest Vaishnavite temple of Assam. Three pedastals (Asana) .are put in the name of Shrimanta Sankardeva, Madhavdeva and Badula Aata here in this Kirtan Ghar, On the east end of Kirtan Ghar, there is a bent house (Bhaj Ghar), where a big earthen pitcher is kept on the north part as a container of mustard oil. There is a faith or saying that — that pitcher gets filled with oil automatically. Yatra-Bhaona etc are performed at the open area in front of Kirtan Ghar. Women are not allowed to enter into Kirtan Ghar. Women can sit in the portico, but they can not enter into the main house. Legend says that, Mathura Das Aata’s wife used to light-up earthen lamps during his absence. No woman is allowed to enter in the fear that she may make the place unholy by suddenly getting her monthly course.