Chetabadi in India- Mayong!


Chetabadi? What does this word means? Witchcraft, sorcery, wizardly, necromancy or in our language black magic! It is practiced in forms of spell to either bless one or curse them. Okay, just for information, do not confuse white magic with black magic. What are the two? Let’s take a look.

White magic is also known as spiritual magic. This white witchcraft is typically found good type of magic. It gives emphasis on the development and celebrates individual pleasures. It is both positive and beneficial causing no harm to the mankind. In easy words, white witchcraft is a blessing in disguise where they do not destroy or spoil but build and deliver. Whereas when we talk about the black magic, it is considered not so pure. It is usually done or performed to harm someone. Wiccans falls under the category of white magic where as black witches are more prone using black magic- This is what the general difference between black and white magic is.   

But is black magic real? Well, this question is tricky at the same time mysterious. The term magic derives from the Old Persian magu, a form of religious functionary about which little is known. In India, the word “Maya” is used which basically means illusion. You must have been similar to a situation when you falls sick and your parents come to you “kisi ki nazar lag gayi”? Or when someone shows sign of mental illness and your parents took them to a Sadhu instead of a doctor? These are some of the most minor situations we all had witnessed throughout our childhood. You see magic is an entrenched part of human society.

Mayong- The land of black magic:

The magic history dates back to the centuries before especially in country like India. Black magic has always been there, at least in the minds of the people. There is a place called Mayong in north eastern India known as the hub of magic. The city holds deep secrets and thus refers to as “The Land of Black Magic”. There is a famous legend there which states that people have been morphed into animals, beast been tamed and people disappearing in thin air. A legend also says that once witches and saints of black magic took shelter in the city. During 1337, Muhammed Shah’s army of 100 thousand horsemen destroyed at the hands of wizardly practices, evidence to the village people of the prevalence of witchcraft in Mayong. Well, Mayong is a bright lively place, the villager’s offer palm reading to the tourists and are also said to predict future through broken glasses and seashells. Much to your surprise, doctors are also abundant in the area as villagers themselves use to do treatment by various methods or in local language, what we say “Gharelu Nushkhe”. There are number of spells in the village like changing humans into fish or an evil man into an animal but none promise to change the weather as according to the locals- no one can interfere with the nature.


Each year, few travelers visit the town to practice black magic or learns several secret spells of witchcraft. The site also offers other beauties such as Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, which hosts the world’s densest population of Indian rhinos. The fauna of the town and magic be it white or black often go together. This can be well witnessed at the Mayong-Pobitora Festival, which celebrates the fusion between wildlife and sorcery. One can also enjoy the opportunity to explore archaeological remains, artefacts and the ancient books of witchcraftand Ayurveda at the Mayong Central Museum and Emporium.

When to visit?

The best time to visit Mayong is the winter season when the weather is cool and pleasant!

How to reach the destination?

Nearest Railway Station to Mayong is Jagi Road Railway Station and nearest Airport is Guwahati International Airport. Mayong is easy to reach by road as well, from Guwahati which is almost 40 km from it and has frequent flights and trains to the spot!  


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