The Horse Traders
So last week you started your journey with this owl and flew to a village in Bengal. This owl hopes you liked those photographs, but in case you missed that post, you can check the gallery here:
Men in Blue
And this week you will be flying further afield to Bihar. This is the diwali week and festive preparations are in full swing. In a small village called Sonepur near Patna things will get really really exciting a fortnight from Diwali. One by one animal traders will set up camp and bring with them their families and their bulls and horses, mules and donkeys, dogs, exotic birds - you name it. The place of honor however goes to the elephants. They aren’t traded anymore, but they have a ceremonial role to play.
The story goes that an elephant called Gaja Grah, a devout follower of Vishnu was paying obeisance to him while bathing at the confluence of Rivers Ganga and Gandak. Just then a Crocodile attacked him and Grah cried out to vishnu for help. Vishnu came down in the form of Harihar Nath and saved Gaja Grah. To commemorate this mythical event, elephants are bathed and decorated during the fair that lasts almost a fortnight.
There is one more thing you should know - there are two kinds of people in the world, one who think the Pushkar Fair is bigger and the other who think Sonepur Fair is bigger; no one knows the truth. Here are a few glimpses of the fair:
This owl hopes you like the photographs. And he promises to make a bonus post with an update of this year’s fair in about 3 weeks, because you deserve the most stunning, dramatic and fresh photographs.
Until next time,
The Observant Owl.
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