6 Reasons Why Sonepur Mela is India, just being India

Sonepur Mela, the famed cattle fair is held at Sonepur, in Northern Bihar on the banks of the River Ganga. It is one of Asia’s largest cattle fairs. The full moon day of the month of Kartik (November) is regarded as one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus.

1. Sonepur Mela is a once-in-a-year quintessentially Indian ‘gathering of people'(mela) in the village of Sonepur at the confluence of 4 major rivers of North India – Ganga, Ghaghra, Son and Gandak.

Sonpur Mela 5


2. It is held on the auspicious Karthik Purnima(full moon night) in the month of November. It is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela.

Sonpur 5

3. Sonepur Mela is famous for its large gathering of pilgrims, elephants, horses races, chiriya bazaar(bird market), and one of the largest cattle and livestock market in India.

Sonpur Mela 3

4. Only Mela where selling of big animals like Elephant is still legal.

Sonpur Mela 1


5. It remains relatively untouched by the commercial tourism.

Sonpur Mela 6

6. This is the true heart of India and is representative of the daily life, culture and beliefs of vast majority of Indians.  

Sonpur Mela 2

Sonepur Mela is India, just being India.

A girl from the capital of Bihar, trying to understand the past underdevelopment of Bihar and exploring the ways to improve the status of the State