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Junbeel Mela to begin from January 21

By Correspondent

JAGIROAD, Jan 18 - Junbeel Mela, a historically significant get-together of hills and plains people, organised every year on the eve of the Tiwa tribe�s Magh Bihu celebrations by the Gobha Deo-Raja Junbeel Mela Samiti on the direction of the Gobha Deo-Raja Rajdarbar at Junbeel Paar, 4 kms from Jagiroad in Morigaon district, will begin on January 21 with a three-day programme.

On Thursday, Deepsing Deo-Raja, the ceremonial king of the erstwhile Gobha kingdom along with his ministers and other personalities from the tribe will assemble at the Junbeel Mela site to attend a community feast in the evening.

Barter system, a primitive and indigenous trade system between the hills and plains people will start early in the morning on Friday at the Junbeel Pathar. Community fishing at Junbeel, the natural water body after which the Mela has been named, is another significant event of the day.

On Saturday, a Rajdarbar of the Gobha kingdom will be organised at the Mela ground with the Rajdarbar followers and other Rajas to be followed by an open session with the dignitaries and other programmes like collection of subscription from the shops on the Mela ground.

When contacted, the secretary of the Mela Samiti told this correspondent that a number of visitors from abroad will also attend the Mela.

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