Sonepur Mela

November

Patna, Bihar

Situated on the confluence of two of India’s divine rivers –Ganges and Gandak, Sonepur is a breathtaking hamlet. Each year, during Kartik Poornima, it sees a swarm of visitors flocking to its territory to view, capture and participate in the Sonepur Mela – an ethereal extravaganza. Pertaining to cattle and commodities, it showcases the cultural diversity of the land. Asia’s largest cattle fair, it usually occurs in November.


Situated on the confluence of two of India’s divine rivers –Ganges and Gandak, Sonepur is a breathtaking hamlet. Each year, during Kartik Poornima, it sees a swarm of visitors flocking to its territory to view, capture and participate in the Sonepur Mela – an ethereal extravaganza. Pertaining to cattle and commodities, it showcases the cultural diversity of the land. Asia’s largest cattle fair, it usually occurs in November.

Informally known as the Harihar Kshetra Mela, this exposition actually lasts between fifteen days to a month. Started even before the times of the mighty Mauryan Empire, this is where Chandragupta Maurya himself used to purchase his cavalry from. The spirits of this festival have yet to dampen even a tad.

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