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Sonepur

The famed cattle fair is held at Sonepur, in Northern Bihar on the banks of the River Ganga. It is one Of the Asia's largest cattle fair. The full moon day of the month of Kartik (November) is regarded as one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus. Sonepur situated on the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga and Gandak, has the reverence of a blessed ground and lasts for a fortnight. In ancient times the Royal Rajahs and Nawabs used to camp here. The Sonepue Fair has unique and historical importance

A bath at the confluence and a visit to the Hariharnath temple here is the aim for thousands of devotees on the Kartika Purnima day.

The sprawling mela ground here with the pulsating market has the widest possible range of cattle and commodities. The array of shops sells all sorts of merchandise. Sonepur Fair There lived a huge crocodile in this lake. An elephant came with a herd to the tank to have a bath. The crocodile caught the elephant's leg in the mighty jaw and tried to drag him into deep water. The elephant gave a stiff resistance. The struggle continued for thousands years and ultimately all the elephants and the crocodiles joined in the fight. The elephant, beginning to weaken, prayed to the supreme god Sri Hari ( Lord Vishnu), to help him. His prayer was heard and Sri Hari saved him from the grip of the crocodile in the presence of Hara and other gods.

It is said that the due to the shouting of spectators as " Kaun Hara, Kaun Hara" (Who is defeated) the bank is named as " Konhara ".

only one of its kind where a large number of elephants are sold. These are purchased mainly by forest departments. Apart from elephants, a large number of cattle and horses are also brought to the fair for sale. Various folk shows, games and jugglers can be seen in the fair.

How to Go

Air:
Nearest Airport is Patna Airport which is approx 30 Kms from sonepur . Patna is well connected by air from adjacent big cites and metropolitan cities. There are Many flights for patna .

Rail: Hajipur Nearest Railway Station is Hajipur which is zonal head. Here is also a reservation counter. Hajipur is well connected by other cities of india .

Road: Vaishali is well connected by road to Patna (56 Kms ), Muzaffarpur (36 Kms ) and Hazipur (35 Kms )

What to See

Harihar Temple : The Hariharnath temple at Sonepur in Saran district is known for the great historical mythological fair on Kartik Purnima day. It is attended by millions of devotees who take holy bath in the river Shaligrami (known as Gandak ) and worship in Harihar Temple . The village of Sonepur gets a new look during the fair.

Sonepur has the legend that this was the actual place where, in pre-historic times, the fight ended between the lords of the forest and the water, Gaj and Grah - the elephant and the crocodile.

There lived a huge crocodile in this lake. An elephant came with a herd to the tank to have a bath. The crocodile caught the elephant's leg in the mighty jaw and tried to drag him into deep water. The elephant gave a stiff resistance. The struggle continued for thousands years and ultimately all the elephants and the crocodiles joined in the fight. The elephant, beginning to weaken, prayed to the supreme god Sri Hari ( Lord Vishnu), to help him. His prayer was heard and Sri Hari saved him from the grip of the crocodile in the presence of Hara and other gods.

It is said that the due to the shouting of spectators as " Kaun Hara, Kaun Hara" (Who is defeated) the bank is named as " Konhara ".

Festivals

Vaishali Mahotsava : Vaishali mahotsava is held to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Jain Tirthankar, Lord Mahavir on the full moon day of the month of "Vaisakh" (mid-April).

Arts and Crafts: Several villages around Vaishali make delightful home made toys.Sikki Work, the humble blade of grass is hand-woven into delightful baskets and mats. Lac bangles, these handmade lac bangles come from nearby city Muzaffarpur.

Where to Stay

Tourist Bungalow:     Ambapali Vihar, Vaishali-844128. Ph.0622-285425.
                                  Rooms available: Non-A/C Room (Dbl.),Non-A/C Room (Sngl.) and
                                 Dormitory Beds. Facilities: Restaurant, Coach/Car Parking

Youth Hostel:
                            Room available: Non-A/C Room (Dbl.), Dormitory  Beds.Facilities :     Restaurant, Coach/Car Parking


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