Sonepur, situated in Saran, North Bihar, is the venue of the biggest animal fair in the whole of India.
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Before the eclipse on the river bank
Crowd at the river bank.
Crowd at Maidan - all of them are the innocent villagers they came to see the fair attend the eclipse from more than 20 to 300 miles from the interiors.
Pilgrims coming in "Ekka" - here drawn carriage and cycle Ricksahes.
A few shots of different people and women going and coming to take bath in the Gangos
Pilgrims on boats etc
Pilgrim paying homage to Almighty God before taking bath in the river Ganges on this auspicious day.
The statute of liberty - a memorial which commemorates the memory of student martyrs who fell to British Bullets on August 11, 1942 in their attempt to hoist the tri-colour flag on the Secretariat Buildings at Patna.
Indian ladies looking at the statue
On way to Sonepur Fair approaching River bank
Pilgrims coming gown the slopes - rough way - we had to walk more than 7 miles to reach the destination.
Country boats - shots of carts and pilgrims.
Sadhna (naked) coming to Fair.
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A view of Indian Sweetmeats shop
Crowd of the road
Models at the exhibition ground - (a) Villages (b) Lord Buddha and Sujata
Model exhibition ground.
Potter's wheel - cottage industry.
On way back to town.
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Background: Sonepur, situated in Saran, North Bihar, is the venue of the biggest animal fair in the whole of India. Lakhs of people, men women and children, assemble every year on the Kartiki Purnima day. The huge concourse of humanity is popularly known as Sonepur Fair.
From Calcutta to Patna is about 331 miles, then we cross the River Ganges where the Gandok meets - there we are steamer available for crossing the river. Then we had to walk more than 7 miles to reach at the destination.
Mythological and historical as well as social and economic reason have combined to impact a national character to this fair. Primarily however its great importance is as a place of Hindu Pilgrimage.