Sonepur comes under the Saran district which is located in the northern part of Indian state Bihar. The Sonepur Mela is one of the popular fairs of Bihar. According to the Hindu calendar month, It is organized every year in the month of Kartik (October-November) by the govt. of Bihar. The Sonepur Mela is held on the bank of River Ganga. This place is situated at a distance of approx. 25 km from the capital city Patna. This fair is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela because it is celebrated in the remembrance of Baba Harihar Nath.
About Harihar Nath Temple
Harihar Nath temple is located in Bihar. It is believed that this temple was built by Lord Rama while going for the Swayambar of Sita Mata (wife of Lord Rama). People perform puja in this temple before going to Sonepur fair and take a dip in the river which is the meeting place of holy rivers Ganga and Gandak.
Highlights and Attractions of Sonepur Mela
In ancient times, traders from as far as Central Asia used to come here for the trading of animals in the Sonepur Cattle Fair. Even today it is the biggest cattle fair of Asia and goes on from fifteen days to one month.
Another key attraction of this fair is the sighting of numerous decorated elephants lined up for the purpose of sale in the place called Haazi Bazaar. A large number of Indian breed horses are also traded here. Enjoy performances of artists in Folk shows, games and stunt of jugglers Other interesting things are goods like handicrafts, local garments, toys, weapons, utensils, and agricultural tools, and local Indian jewelry are available for sale through small stalls.
Sonepur fair is an ideal choice for a traveler who wants to experience various aspects of rural India.
What is the date of Sonepur Mela in Bihar 2019?
Tentative date is 20th November 2019