JAGIROAD, Jan 18 � The three-day Junbeel Mela held on the eve of the Tiwa tribes Magh Bihu celebrations will begin tomorrow at Junbeel Pathar, 4 km from Jaigroad in Morigaon district, under the auspices of the Gobha Deoraja Junbeel Mela Samitia at the direction of the Gobha Deoraja Rjadarbar. The ceremonial King of the erstwhile Gobha Kingdom, Deepsing Deoraja along with his Rajdarbar followers including other personalities from the tribe and others will meet at the Mela site to attend a community feast in the evening of the same day.
The primitive and indigenous barter system of trade between hills and plains people is still prevalent in middle Assam, which will start in the early morning on Friday at the Mela site. Community fishing at Junbeel, the natural take after which the Mela has been named will be another significant even of the day.
On January 21, a Rajdarbar of the Gobha kingdom will be organised at the Mela ground to be followed by an open session and other programmes like collection of subscriptions from the shops of the Mela ground, cock fight, etc.
According to historical records, the Mela started not later than the 15th century. During the Mela, people come down from the hills to meet their relatives in the plains.
The market, which once lasted for a day and a night, is now a three-day fair. Though he exact origin of the Mela cannot be ascertained, it is held on the Thursday after Magh Bihu.