The Institution of Satra is a unique feature of Vaishnavism in Assam, founded by Sankardeva, the father of Assamese culture. Satras are basically monasteries which propagates neoVaishnavism. They also became centers for education and dissemination of the art of harmonious living.
The main existing Satras are:
Dakhinpat Satra: Founded by Banamalidev, an exponent of Raasleela, this is now observed as one of the National Festivals of Assam.
Garamurh Satra: Founded by Lakshmikantadeva. During the end of autumn traditional Raasleela (co-acting) is shown with great enthusiasm.
Auniati Satra: Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, the Satra is famous for "Paalnaam" and Apsara Dance and also its considerable collection of Assamese old utensils, jewellery and handicrafts.
Kamalabari Satra: Founded by Bedulapadma, it is a centre of art, cultural, literature and classical studies.
Bengenaati Satra: It is a storehouse of antiques of cultural importance and an advance centre of performing art. Muraridev, the grandson of Sankardeva's step mother founded this Satra.
Shamaguri Satra: The satra is home to famous Mask crafts.
Batadrawa Satra: It is the birthplace of the greatest Vaishnava Saint Srimanta Sankardeva Shrine and a centre of Vaishnava art and culture.
Barpeta Satra and Kirtanghar: This famous Shrine and Kirtanghara attracts Vaishanavas from all over India. It was established by Madhabdev the greatest discipleof Shankardeva.