Asia’s largest cattle fair begins in Bihar

Asia’s largest cattle fair began on Saturday at Sonepur. Sonepur Mela, the famed cattle fair is held at Sonepur on Kartik Poornima (full moon day), in Northern Bihar, which is situated on the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga and Gandak.

Inaugurating the fair, Bihar Tourism Minister Anita Devi said that government will develop this on the line of a world fair to attract attract more and more domestic and foreign tourists in the coming years. “We will take help of experts to develop it,” she said.

There are many historical events associated with Sonepur Mela, In ancient times the Royal Rajahs and Nawabs used to camp here, also the first meeting of the “Indian Association of Cow Protection” held at this place in 1888. Different meetings during Sonepur Fair lead to the launch of the struggle movement against the British imperialism in Bihar.
The fair was also used as a recruitment ground by The Provincial Congress Committee of Bihar and the Bihar Kisan Sabha (Farmers union), these all events made this fair as the breeding ground of politics.

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The cattle fair is held annually, beginning on Kartik Poornima, at Sonepur in Saran district, about 30 km from Patna.

Spanning 500 acres near the confluence of the Ganga and Gandak rivers, the fair not only sees sale of cows, buffaloes, and oxen, but also goats, horses, donkeys, monkeys, rabbits, bears, cats and guinea pig.

Boat rides and free elephant rides at the fair have become very popular among the visitors.

Source: IANS

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