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    Sonepur Mela

    05 November - 04 December 2014

    Be it the religion or the tradition. The festivities o the conventional rituals. Let it be the centuries old regional mela or the mind-blowing tourism attractions. Sonepur redefines the word 'unequlled' as its every detail carries a world of curiosity, uniqueness and sensational diversities. Come, visit the land to witness the 'never-before'!

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    Sonepur Mela

    05 November - 04 December 2014

    The Sonepur Cattle Fair or Malegaon Mela is held on Kartik Poornima (the full moon day) in the month of November in Sonepur, Bihar, On the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak. It is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela and it attracts visitors from all over Asia. Till date, it is the biggest cattle fair of Asia and stretches on from fifteen days to one month. It has its origins during ancient times. This is when Chandragupta Maurya used to buy elephants and horses across the river Ganges. The Sonepur Cattle Fair once used to attract traders from places as distant as Central Asia.

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Cultural Importance

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Culture of Bihar Besides usual rural handicrafts like hand-painted wall hangings, wooden stools, miniatures in paper and leaves, stone pottery, bamboo, leather goods and appliqué work. All these colors can be seen in Sonepur Mela.

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Welcome to our website

Welcome to the official website of Sonepur Mela. The Sonepur Mela is held on Kartik Poornima in the month of November in Sonepur, Bihar, on the confluence of river Ganga and Gandak.

It has its origins during ancient times. This is when Chandragupta Maurya used to buy elephants and horses across the river Ganges. The mela used to attract traders from places as distant as Central Asia.

Originally, the venue of the fair was Hajipur and only the performance of the puja used to take place at the Harihar Nath temple of Sonepur. However, under the rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the venue of the fair got shifted to Sonepur. The temple of Harihar Nath is believed to have been originally built by Lord Rama, on his way to the court of King Janak to win the hand of Mata Sita. It is further said that Raja Man Singh later got the temple repaired. The Harihar Nath temple, as it stands today, was built by Raja Ram Narain, an influential person during the late Mughal period.

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Special Attractions

Visiting the temple of Harihar Nath is naturally the main objective of the visitors to the fair after they have taken their ritual bath in the swirling waters of the Gandak. As in many other famous places of worship, a number of smaller temples of other deities surround the temple of Harihar Nath Mahadeo.

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Once the pujasand the ablutions are over, the visitors abandon themselves to the various attractions offered in and around the sprawling mela ground. The village folk, particularly the women,as well as the others, are attracted to the array of shops selling all sorts of garments, weapons and furniture, toys, utensils, agricultural implements, jewelry and various handicrafts. The fair becomes merchandise virtual explosion of colors, music, dances, magic shows, cattle, merchants and handicrafts.

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The area that attracts all, however, is the one wherethe elephants are lined up for sale. The Sonepur Fair is the only one where such a large number of elephants are sold. These are mainly purchased by different forest departments and people involved with logging operations. Apart from elephants, a large number of cattle, a wide variety of animals and horses are also brought to the fair for sale. Legends are also bought and sold in the fair.

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