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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

Sonepur is considered a very holy place and the ceremonial bathing in the Ganga in the month of Kartik is held by the orthodox Hindus to be a great act of virtue. 13ut another great attraction is the fair which is held during the whole period of Ganga man (bath). It lasts for about a month, but is at its height for two days before and two days after the bathing in the Ganga on the day of the full moon (Kartik Purnamasi). Immense crowds assemble. The roads leading to Sonepur from all the sides are literally packed with people for a few days.

The railway authorities run many special trains and yet there is always a complaint and the trains are jam packed. A large number of cattle, horses and elephants are offered for sale. It is said that the Sonepur cattle fair is the second largest cattle fair in the world. Previously hundreds of horses, camels, sheep and elephants used to be brought and most of them were sold out. All the rich people of Northern India used to get their elephants from this market. The turn-over of consumers'goods in this fair is also enormous. Previously hundreds of prostitutes and dancing girls used to spend a month in tents spreading vice and disease. By an Act this vice has been stopped.

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