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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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Somanatha

SONEPUR

The period of the inception of the fair, like the temple, is also not known for certain. Previously the fair was held at Hajipur (Ramchaura) and only oblations were offered to the deity at Sonepur. Hajipur is just across the river. The names of the various muhallas in Hajipur in the mela area have been reproduced in the mela area of Sonepur. The fair at Sonepur appears to have come into prominence during the reign of Aurangazeb and the elephant trade went up.

Marshall, a European traveler in the 16th century, had mentioned that even the traders of the far-flung Tatar desh used to come to the fair to deal in commerce. The fair was the occasion of a large social and sporting gathering of the Europeans. The Sonepur fair was much patronized by the European indigo planters of the Nineteenth Century. A large camp was held in a magnificent grove and the visitors amused themselves with racing, polo, gymkhanas, tennis and dances. They did much to improve the surroundings of the temple and the road communications.

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