Bardowa - where the Saint was born.
In his literary compositions, Sankaradeva clearly mentions Bardowa as being the place of his birth :
Bardowa name gram
Saishye matsye anupam
Lauhityar ati anukul
The village Bardowa by name-
in crop and fish, of non-pareil fame.
extremely favorable to the Lauhitya..
Bardowa (also referred to as Batadrava) is situated 18 Km north-west of the Nagaon town of Assam. In medieval times, Bardowa was also known as Tembuani (Temoniya). Today, the Satra (monastery) at Bardowa is a major religious centre for the Vaisnava devotees and also a major attraction for the tourists visiting Assam.
The Bardowa Satra actually consists of two Satras -
- Narowa Satra a museum show-casing some fine specimens of Satriya wood-art (rare wooden sculptures, wood-carvings of medieval times) is also located in this Satra.
- Salaguri Satra in which is preserved the padasila (foot-print) of the Guru.