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Mayong: The Black Magic Capital Of India 

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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.

Mayong

In the NORTHEASTERN corner of INDIA, in the state of Assam, there is a secluded village with a mythological history that is even deeper than the Brahmaputra River that runs through it. Nicknamed “The Land of Black Magic,” the untouched, secluded village of Mayong holds one of the oldest black magic history on the planet.

Mayong, My Perspective

I hail from Assam in India and there’s a place called ‘Mayong’ near my home town, where it is alleged that witchcraft and black magic is practised since time in memorial. If folklore has to be believed, the story goes like this, black magic is performed here from ancient times and once upon a time some black magicians resided in this place, who were so powerful that they could turn people into sheep and goats. Of course as a rational individual, I never believed these stories.

I have close association with the district of Morigaon where Mayong is situated. I had visited Mayong multiple times and also we keep on providing flood and food relief in Morigaon district through ngo sarvahitey.

Assam Flood Relief

Relief During Covid 19

When I visited Mayong for the first time, I could just find people not only interested in treating diseases by local Healers and Witch doctors but also Ayurveda, Palmistry and Future prediction through Chants and Spells.These were people claiming to perform Black Magic.

Where exactly is Mayong?

Mayong

Mayong is a village in Morigaon district, Assam, India. It lies on the bank of the river Brahmaputra, approximately 40 km from the city of Guwahati. Once considered the cradle of Tantra Kriya in India, Mayong is now a tourist attraction because of its history.

Tales of Black Magic In Mayong

According to legends, Mayong was known to be surrounded by spirits, people turning into animals and birds, and also for women in the town, who possessed beauty, practised magic and were known to attract men and make them their life partners permanently and never let them leave the town.

You might find this fictional, but you may surf the net, there exist such instances wherein men have been trapped by such women in Mayong.

Black Magic Existed But Now It Is Used Positively

Though the people of Mayong have  stopped their practice of Black Magic, they still use magic to cure many ailments of the local people. Some of these magical rites are ‘Tez Rakhowa Mantra’ (to stop the oozing of blood), ‘Ushah Shular Mantra’ (to relieve the pain while breathing), ‘Bichar Shung Guchuwa Mantra’ (to cure the hairy caterpillar bite), ‘Narengar Mantra’ (to cure abscess in the back bone) and many others are still practiced to help and cure people with ailments.

One of the famous outstanding magical art (we witnessed it in front of our eyes) that is very much prevalent in Mayong is curing of back pain by a village witch doctor who utters a magical chant and uses a copper dish to track where the pain originates. The plate gets stuck to the body and the locals believe that this dish eats away the pain.

The local witch doctor demonstrates the magical act and if the person is really suffering from back pain, then the copper dish becomes hot like fire within seconds and it gets smashed automatically.

Mayong is the place where Magic is being used not only as an illusion for the eyes but also for the betterment of the society.

Mayong Has Tourism Potential

Once upon a time black magic was practiced in Mayong, humans and animals were sacrificed blah blah. But the time has changed. It has now become a tourist destination. Asia’s the biggest rock inscription you can find here in Mayong which is lesser known to people. Near Mayong there is Pobitora wildlife sanctuary.

It is now fast developing in terms of education, wealth, communication, transportation etc etc. The people of Mayong are just like other normal people of the globe. The magic incidents are all rumors. I have never seen anything like that.

GETTING THERE

Getting to Mayong is not too difficult, as it is close to the capital city of Guwahati. Buses, rental cars are available from Guwahati, which can take you to Mayong. 

Jagiroad and Barahu Railway Stations are quite close to it. Borjhar Airport is the nearest airport.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

If you are visiting Mayong, try to avoid the monsoon season as due to the rains, the tourist activities like river tourism and adventure tourism takes a backseat. The best time to visit the place is from November to March, when the weather remains most pleasant. The late summer could be hot and uncomfortable in the village.

After multiple visits to Mayong, I conclude that this place is nothing but a place with a long history of Black Magic. There is NO Capital of Black Magic now in India but this place certainly has tales which can give a chill down the spine. But it is for you to believe or not to believe. We are not going to delve into the veracity of this statement but we wanted to introduce Mayong through this blog to our readers.

Happy Reading!

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