PATACHARKUCHI, April 19 - It was a beauty pageant with a difference. Instead of human models, bovines walked the decorated ramp at the courtyard of the historic Gobindapur Satra amidst Bihu songs, drum beat and applause of enthusiastic peasants and audience on the day of Goru Bihu. The ramp was decorated with traditional agricultural tools used by State�s peasants during cultivation and after harvest like bullock cart, moi, nangal, japi etc.
The people of Gobindapur village near Patacharkuchi have been organising this unique competition on the occasion of Goru Bihu every year for the last 12 years as part of their tradition. This year too, on the occasion of Goru Bihu, a �Cow Fashion Show� was organised at Gobindapur Satra of Barpeta district of Assam.
The cows of the area were decked up with unique clothes, bells, garlands, and the traditional Assamese gamusa. Notably, the event is a major attraction for the locals as the farmers of the area eagerly wait for a year to take part in it with much enthusiasm. On the day of Goru Bihu, this special function is arranged and it is dedicated in the name of the cattle. The cows are taken to the nearby river and are given a proper bath. Thereafter, gram and turmeric paste is applied and they are dressed up with beautiful garments, specially designed for them.
This unique event is aimed at encouraging farmers of the area and to make them aware of various diseases of the cattle. The judges asks the participating peasants about the love and care they give to their cattle.
The judges of this year�s competition were � Dr Rupjyoti Deka of Khanapara Veterinary Hospital, Dr Pranjal Borah, scientist, Goat Research Centre, Byrnihat and Bimal Sarma, a senior farmer of the locality.
Among the participants, Ganesh Das of Gobindapur received the first prize, Deben Das of Muguria got the second prize while Dwijen Das bagged the third prize. Rinku Goswami anchored the programme.