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5 facts you should know about Dhakuakhana

Dhakuakhana is home to numerous close knit villages and rising towns. Dhakuakhana is a village panchayat located in the Lakhimpur district of Assam, India. Dispur is the state capital for Dhakuakhana village. Dhakuakhana is made up of numerous ethnic communities like Ahoms, Chutia, Deori, Koch and Mishing, with the maximum number of villagers speaking in Assamese, Bengali and Bodo languages for communication.


1.How Dhakuakhana got its name:
Dhakuakhana is in the plains of Assam. A legend has been prevailed that, during the time of Ahom king, Rajeshwar Singh, the canal- Dhakuakhana was dug to connect the water road for the convenience of collecting tax and for business. People used the dry leaves of the tree of betel nut for carrying soil in digging area, which is locally called as ‘DHOKUA’. From the incident, the nearby village is known as Dhakuakhana. In course of time, the entire area thus began to be referred as called as ‘DHAKUAKHANA’.
2.Celebration of culture:
Phato bihu is the cultural pride of Dhakuakhana as well as Assam. A 3 day event celebrated in the last Friday to Sunday of Bohag (The 1st month of Assamese New Year) at Dhakuakhana. Now wide open for tourists, the event takes place at Mohghuli Chapori. The name “Mohghuli Chapori “stands for” the place where buffaloes used to take bath and roam around”. Britishers created various revenue collecting centres in ancient Assam. Most of these were the river banks where merchants gathered for business. These centres were epicenters of fun and gathering for the local people and were known as “haat” which means market. According to Ahom Laxions “a place where traders assemble for trade and for payment of duty”. One of these epicenters was in
the bank of river Charikoriya where people gathered and had fun. Fun in those times was mostly dancing bihu, and history says these bihu celebrations went for weeks in these sites. This celebraton made ground crack (assamese faat), clothes tear(assamese faat) and hence the name “Faatbihu” or “Phatobihu”. Although different historians has different sayings. This Phatobihu is arranged and enjoyed even today and it attracts people of the whole country and seen from abroad.
3. The land of rich silk:
 Dhakuakhana is the place for Pure and Original Muga silk. It is one of the rarest silk in the world. It is produced only in Assam. In this region, around 10000 families are engaged in this traditional rearing and production of Muga silkworm. People used to prepare it at their own house. People generally prepare it for their own families and sometimes for business purpose also.
4.Seek blessings in the Basudeva Than and Harhi Dewalaya:
Basudeva Than is also known as Norua Satra. Damodar Ata, the grandson of Sankardeva, established this satra in the 17th century as Laumura Satra, during the rule of Ahomking Jayadhwaj Singha. The Than covers an area of 200 bighas of land. This Than is another centre of attraction for the people who visits Dhakuakhana.
Another ancient temple HARHI DEWALAYA is situated at Dewoliya Gaon, Dhakuakhana. This place is known for Animal Sacrifce during Durga Puja.
5. Beautiful species of bird:
Dhakuakhana is a place for many beautiful species of  local as well as migrant birds.
‘KUWABARI DOLONG’ is a home for several colorful winged local and migratory species. Another reservatory for migratory bird named as ‘BORDOIBAM BEELMUKH’, situated in the boundary of Dhakuakhana Sub-division and Dhemaji District. This reservatory is officially Assam’s 2nd bird sanctuary. It is very important habitat for many wild birds. So far approximately 180 species of birds have been recorded.

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