Sonepur Cattle Fair or Sonepur Mela is one of Asia's largest cattle fairs. It is also renowned as Harihar Kshetra Mela. The fair is organized every year at Sonepur, 30kms from Patna in Northern Bihar on the banks of the holy river Ganga, where it convergences with its tributary, Gandak. Going by the pattern of the stars, full moon day (Kartik Poornima) is considered one of the propitious days for the Hindus. The fair is organized on this fortunate date in the month of November. A huge number of devotees visit this fair to have a bath at the confluence of rivers near the Hariharnath temple on the Kartika Purnima day. This fair offers a platform to those who would like to buy and sell cattle. Apart from cattle, various breeds of dogs, elephants, birds and camels are also sold here. The animals are adorned for the occasion throng the site of the city.
The extensive fair ground here with the dynamic market has the greatest range of cattle and commodities. Decorated elephants lined up for auction are the main attractions of the fair. People can have great fun with folk shows, magicians and more in the fair. Shops at the Sonepur Cattle Fair get all packed with stuffs like handicraft items, agricultural equipment, clothes, wood and brass items.Sonepur Cattle Fair 2017
In 2017, Sonepur fair will be held on 16th November and will wrap up on 15th December