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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
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Bihar
Somanatha

SONEPUR

There is a description of Sonepur fair by M. Wilson in his Memoirs of Bihar, written a century ago. In 1852, Wilson was an Assistant Manager of Karhaul factory. He has mentioned that one could buy from the canvas-made shops the commodities of Manchester, Buckingham, Delhi, Kanpur, Afghanistan, Kashmir, etc. Cutlery, saddlery, crockery and furniture shops from Calcutta, Lucknow and Kanpur used to be set up at Sonepur. There used to be riding contests, elephant, horse and bullock cart races. He had seen a panch kalyan horse being offered for sale for a lakh of rupees. Several Viceroys, including Lord Northbrook, had visited the Sonepur fair and gone round the temple.

The investiture ceremony or Khillant of Rana Jang Bahadur of Nepal conferred by Lord Mayo, amidst the galaxy of big men, for his service and loyalty to the Govern- ment during the Mutiny (1857), was a great event in the history of the Sonepur fair. Rana Jang Bahadur visited and did puja at the Hariharnath temple. It may be mentioned here that there is a Nepali temple, a wooden structure, in Hajipur, which is also visited by many of the pilgrims going to Hariharnath temple.

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