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.

The Sonepur Cattle Fair or Sonepur Mela is held on Kartik Poornima (the full moon day) in the month of November in Sonepur, Bihar, on the confluence of river Ganga 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.

How to reach ?
The nearest airport is Patna. Indian Airlines connects Patna, the capital of Bihar with Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Guwahati, Lucknow, Ranchi and Kathmandu Patna is connected to major centers in India by air-conditioned, non-air conditioned and sleeper trains. The main railway station of Patna is a little more than a kilometers from the Bihar State Tourism Department and ITDC information centers. One can get to Sonepur via road from Patna. There are plenty of buses, taxis, three wheelers and even tongas (horses carriages). It is just 24 kilometres to Sonepur. It is also accessible by ferry, crossing the Ganga.
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courtesy : http://sonepurmela.org/
Link to the official website of Sonepur Mela