If you’re a curious traveler, adventure lover, history buff, or are simply fascinated by black magic, then Mayong, where silence and mystery lurk all around and which is often regarded as the seat of Black Magic in India is surely awaiting you.
This village, located on the banks of Brahmaputra in Morigaon district of Assam, is known as the land of the occult. While some villages pass down the skills of farming or craftsmanship to the next generation, the elders of Mayong pass down sorcery and magic to the town’s youth.
Over a hundred wizards and witch doctors reside here, locally known as bej/bez or Oja. No stone or previously dormant powers are the sources of their talents, as opposed to what the movie would have us believe. These skills have supposedly tumbled down the family tree as earlier descendants pass on the craft.
There are many stories about how this place got its name. According to the locals, the place got its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Maya’, which means illusion. Many people also believe that earlier people from the Maibong clan used to live in this area and the place might have got its name from them. While some other people claim that the place is a part of a Goddess called ‘Maa-er-ongo’. The name comes from this term.
Mayong has been India’s center for witchcraft and wizardry since its inception many centuries ago. In the early days of Mayong, legend has it, if you chanted “Uran Mantra” you would be able to fly through the air and land directly beside your true love.
In this area, people who know the black arts use to serve the people by using their magic to treat the diseases. These people not only know magic but they know quite a bit about Ayurveda as well.
This village in Assam has solutions to all your problems.
Lost something? The tantric will put a flower in a metal bowl, which starts moving by itself and moves directly to the place where the stolen item is kept
Local folklore and ancient scriptures such as the Mahabharata validate Mayong’s connection with black magic, and archaeological findings of weapons and sharp objects suggest human sacrifices as well.
Stories and accounts of people vanishing, locals being converted into animals, beasts being miraculously tamed, and fatal diseases being cured have been long associated with Mayong.
One such story is of Muhammad Shah and his army. It is said that during war times in the 1330s, Muhammad Shah’s 100,000 horsemen disappeared near Mayong due to black magic and witchcraft and not a single trace was left behind.
There’s no way to attest to the authenticity of these stories, but the whole experience of opening yourself up to this world is certainly something worth writing home about.
This ancient land is rich in wildlife as well. Visit the Probitora Wildlife Sanctuary nearby, home to the largest population of one-horned rhinoceros in the world. one can also explore archaeological remains, ancient artifacts, and books associated with black magic, witchcraft, and Ayurveda at the Mayong Central Museum and Emporium.
The best time to visit Mayong is during the dry season, between November – March. April – October is summer in Assam when temperatures climb up and the state experiences a lot of rain (especially between June – September). Plus, November sees the Mayong Pobitora Festival which makes your trip even more exciting.