Nilachala Kamakhya

Research Initiatives

Rajib Sarma, the founder of the organization has conducted extensive and intensive study on the history, heritage and tradition of the Kamakhya Temples’ Complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills and erstwhile Kamarupa as well as on the sacred, religious and historically important sites of the North-East India since 1998. He established the Foundation for History and Heritage Studies in 2007 as a non-profit social organization. Since then, guided by the vision, mission and objectives of the organization, he has undertaken various initiatives as per the vision, mission and objectives of the organization. Till date the founder of the organization Rajib Sarma is running / executing / implementing the activities of the organization with his solitary effort and fund. Based on the vision, mission and objectives of the organization, Rajib Sarma, the founder of the organization has undertaken and intend to undertake the following research initiatives:

Research Initiatives

Establishment and Expansion of Reference Library

Established in 2007, the reference library of the organization has a sizable number of rare / valuable books, journals, rare documents, manuscripts purchased / Xeroxed / Scanned / Digitized since 1996 and the process of updation, expansion and enlargement of the collection is continuously in progress since then. As part of a special strategic plan for the qualitative as well as quantitative enhancement of the material and rapid expansion of the Reference Library, since 2011 more emphasis and special attention has been given towards purchase of important rare and valuable books, journals, documents, etc. relevant to the subjects of interest of the organization. Presently the collections of the Reference Library covers the following subjects: History; Anthropology; Archaeology; Religion; Karmakanda & Gyankanda (Ritual Process & Guidelines); Ethnography; Art & Architecture; Mythology; Religious History; Religious Philosophy; Religious Literature; Tantra & Tantric Studies; Linguistic Study; Indology; Oriental Studies; Music; North-East India Studies; Indigenous Traditional Knowledge; Folklore Studies; Esoteric Studies; South-East Asian Studies; Ancient Geography; Explorations in North-East India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and Tibet; Memoirs & Reports of Post Independence Period; Maps; Proceedings of Seminars (only on relevant subjects); Research Papers (only on relevant subjects); Ethnobotany; Ethnomedicine. At present a sizable number titles on the subjects mentioned above are available with the Reference Library. The organization is currently engaged in the process of cataloging the collection of the Reference Library along with a synopsis or extract on the content of each title and convert the catalogue into a searchable database for the easy access and comfort of the readers.

Establishment and Expansion of Archive (Digital and Hard Copy)

Established in 2009, the archive of the organization has a large number of rare books, journals, manuscripts, inscriptions, maps, etc. collected as per the vision, mission and objectives / initiatives of the organization. The organization is currently in the process of digitizing the entire archive, which will be digitized and cataloged in a searchable database.

Creation of Digital Database/Archive of Still and Moving Images

This project is in progress, and one digital visual archive (in DVD format), entitled “History, Traditions, Sculptures, and Festivals of Kamakhya Temples’ Complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills” in the final phase. The organization also intend to create a database/archive of the socio-religious, socio-cultural, ethnographic, socio-anthropological elements; religious history; customs; traditions; festivals; etc. of the communities as well as the history, tradition, sculpture, archaeology and architecture of the religious sites of the North-East India.

Creation of Digital Audio Database/Archive

Work is in progress to create this digital audio archive, incorporating the musical traditions, devotional songs, hymns, prayers, and rhythms of the Kamakhya Temples’ complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills. The organization also intend to create a digital audio database/ archive of the musical traditions, devotional songs, hymns, prayers, and rhythms of the communities as well as of the religious sites of the North-East India.

Documentation and Publications

Documentation of all subjects related to the Kamakhya Temples’ Complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills is in progress. Several articles have already been published. Rajib Sarma published a compilation of important shlokas and their translation regarding the Kamakhya Temples’ Complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills and erstwhile Kamarupa, published in Assamese and Bengali in June 2011.

Visual (Film & Photographic) Documentation

Documentary films on the Kamakhya Temples’ Complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills are in progress, covering subjects such as festivals, sculptures, archaeology, art, tourism information, etc. as well as on the sacred, religious and important historical sites of erstwhile Kamarupa and North-East India.

Research Based Awareness Campaigns

The organization look forward to initiate several awareness campaigns based on intensive exploratory and analytical research to bring light to the need for preservation and documentation of the unique socio-religious culture, artifacts, and environmental landscape of the sacred, religious and historically important sites of the North-East India.

Establishment of a Teaching-Learning Centre

Lectures, seminar, workshop, orientation courses / programme to be organized and teaching & learning materials to be developed on topics related to the Kamakhya Temple Complexs’ (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills and erstwhile Kamarupa as well as sacred, religious and historically important sites of North-East India.

Research Initiatives on the Kamakhya Temples’ Complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills and erstwhile Kamarupa

  • Preservation of documents, manuscripts, and text(s) on the Kamakhya Temples’ Complex (or Kamakhya Group of Temples) located on the Nilachala Hills and erstwhile Kamarupa
  • Exploratory and analytical study, research and documentation on history, mythology, belief, religious and ritual traditions, customs, kulacara tantra marga, shaktism, spirituality, ethnographic elements, fairs and festivals, socio-anthropology, temple architecture, archeology, art, music, dance, devotional songs, folk songs, folklore, manuscripts, inscriptions, etc.
  • A brief study of the temples of Pragjyotishpur
  • A brief study and documentation on the religious, ritualistic and spiritual traditions of tribal communities of Kamarupa
  • Analytical study on Tantra

Research Initiatives on the religious sites and religious, ritualistic, spiritual tradition and ethnography of the communities of the North-East India.

  • Exploratory and analytical study, research and documentation on the socio-religious history; mythology; belief; religious and ritual traditions; customs of the Communities of the North-East India.
  • Exploratory study and documentation on the religious sites of the North-East India.
  • Exploratory study and documentation of the ethnographic elements, fairs and festivals, socio-anthropology, art, music, dance, devotional songs, folk songs, folklore, manuscripts, inscriptions, etc. of the North-East India related to their socio-religious and ritualistic traditions.
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