India’s Hogwart

Published: 04th April 2015 08:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th April 2015 12:05 PM   |  A+A-


P C Sorcar Jr. could more than vanish a rabbit from a hat. During his visit to Guwahati last year, this popular magician said that he inherited his skills in sorcery from Mayong, an occult village 40 km east of Guwahati. If legends are to be believed, an ‘oja’ or ‘bej’ (wizard) could make the strangest of things happen in the blink of an eye—they could disappear a person or even turn them into animals, and this is just saying the least.

It would not be wrong to call Mayong the Hogwarts of northeast India. If we had a Harry Potter here, he would definitely be trained by the tantrics in Mayong. What adds to the belief about Mayong’s tantric past are the remnants of old temples on the hillocks in the vicinity. A community museum there showcases ancient magic literature and relics.


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