JAGIROAD, Jan 19 � The historic Junbeel Mela got under way this afternoon on the banks of �Junbeel�, the natural lake after which the Mela has been named, 4 km from Jagiroad in Morigaon district on the eve of the Tiwa tribe�s Bhogali Bihu celebrations.
Deepsing Deoraja, the ceremonial �king� of Gobha kingdom along with his �ministerial� followers assembled at the Mela ground this afternoon to attend a community feast which was also joined by a host of other personalities from the Tiwa tribe and other dignitaries.
A large number of hill people from Karbi Anglong district and some others from outside the State like Meghalaya have already started assembling at the Junbeel pathar. They have already built up temporary sheds for their stay at the Mela site.
The indigenous and traditional barter system of trade, probably still in vogue in a few remote corners of the country and in Assam as well, remains unnoticed by the advanced societies will be on display tomorrow at the Mela ground. The hills people will barter their usable household items with the plains people which will be followed by community fishing at Junbeel by the local people.