Satras are the Assamese Vaishnavite
monasteries for religious practices. These great
monasteries were founded at the initiative of the Ahom Kings
of Assam in the middle of the 17th century. Satra is an
institution which motivates the minds of the people through
ritual performances to realize the existence of God. They
are places where the Vaishnavs dedicate themselves to serve
God and also preach the followers for devotion towards God.
They are also the centre of art and culture in Assam. They
make the use of various ritual and devotional performances
to make the mass people understand and practice the doctrine
of the Vaishnavism and realize belief in one God and the
means of the ultimate eternal peace.