1.ABOUT FESTIVAL: SONEPUR MELA
Sonepur Mela is one of its kinds and famous for being the largest cattle fair of Asia. Also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela, this annually held grand show of cattle is the pride of north Bihar. The fair is held during the auspicious occasion of Kartik Poornima in the month of November annually. Not only cattle, but the fair is famous for selling breeds of dogs, elephants, birds and camels as major attractions of this vibrant ruler fair for a fortnight that stretches till a month too.
The fair is a wonderful display of spirituality and animal trading balancing both perfectly. Street magicians, religious gurus and tantric, pilgrims, snack stalls, handicrafts, amusement rides, circus performers, and dancing girls all create a carnival-like no other.
2. History of Sonepur mela:
The fair dates back to the era of India’s first Maurya Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, who used to buy elephants and horses from here for his army. As per Hindu mythology, the fair also commemorates the intervention of Lord Vishnu to end a great curse and a long fight between Gaj (elephant) and Grah (crocodile) symbolizing the forest and the water respectively. It says that Lord Vishnu eventually saved the elephant after he was being attacked by the crocodile by bathing in the river Gandak, near which the fair takes place.
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