Satras are the Assamese Vaishnavite monasteries for religious practices. These great Vaishnava monasteries were founded at the initiative of the Ahom Kings of Assam in the middle of the 17th century. Satra is an institution that motivates the minds of the people through ritual performances to realize the existence of God. They are places where the Vaishnavs dedicate themselves to serving God and preach devotion to God to the followers. They are also the centers of art and culture in Assam. They make use of various ritual and devotional performances to make the mass people understand and practice the doctrine of Vaishnavism and realize belief in one God and the means of the ultimate eternal peace.