JAGIROAD, Jan 23 � Even in this era of globalisation, the barter trade system of economy, which had been in prevalence in the days of yore, continues to be popular among the hill and plain Tiwas and other communities of middle Assam, which witnessed its recurrent phenomenon at the historic Junbeel Pathar today.
The three-day post-harvest fair commenced from yesterday at a place on the banks of Junbeel, 4 kms from Jagiroad in Morigaon district in the presence of a large gathering.
As per tradition and at the direction of the king of the erstwhile Gobha kingdom, Deepsing Deo-Raja, the indigenous age-old barter system of trade began in the early morning in the presence of over 5000 hills people from Karbi Anglong district and some from outside the State, like Meghalaya etc.
The tribals bartered some essential items such as ginger, lac, indigo, mats etc in order to procure various traditional cakes, rice powder, dried fish etc from the plains people. With the necessary food items procured from the plains people, the tribal community will celebrate their Magh Bihu. Tomorrow, the Uruka of the Gobha tribals, will be celebrated.
Community fishing at Junbeel, the natural lake after which the Mela has been named, and in which all the local communities join, is another important event which was held today. This community fishing at Junbeel is a vital part of the festival which is conducted subject to permission by the Gobha Deo-Raja of the Rajdarbar. It plays a big role in fostering the spirit of friendship among different communities.
Tomorrow, a Rajdarbar will be organised in which ancient rajas from various kingdoms, besides other dignitaries are slated to take active part.