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Month-long Ratha mela gains momentum in Bagherhat

Month-long Ratha mela gains momentum in BagherhatBagherhat, July 21 : The month-long traditional fair ‘Ratha Mela’ at Laupala village in sadar upazila has gained momentum with several thousand men, women and children crowding the village from the morning to dusk.

The fair kicked off following the Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath Dev, one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, which was celebrated across the country on July 14 amid religious fervour and enthusiasm.

A good number of traders from different parts of the country thronged here with a variety of goods.

During a visit to the fair on Wednesday, the correspondent found thousands of visitors coming to the fair. Male and female from nearby districts including Khulna, Jashore, Satkhira, Pirojpur, Gopalgang and some others were seen visiting the fair everyday.

Tourism can be flourished centring the traditional Ratha festival and a month-long fair,  said deputy commissioner of the district Tapan Kumer Biswas.

Some of them have been coming to worship the God at the temple in a hope to fulfill their desires and some to buy various traditional products including handicrafts, furniture, crafts, and some other small household goods.

Women and young girls were seen thronging the shops displaying and selling vermilion, photos of goddesses and the religious books. Various types of mouth-watering food and sweets are available at the fair.

Besides, traders were seen selling traditional musical instruments including drum, bamboo made flutes, etc.

Law enforcers were patrolling in and around the fair premises to tackle any unwanted incident.

Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath Dev has been celebrated at Sri Gopal Jyu temple , located in Sripat Laupala villagesince 500 years ago. It is known as the country’s second-largest Ratha festival, according to locals.

Talking to UNB, Amit Rai, general secretary of the temple committee, said more than one lakh devotees and visitors from different parts of the country, come here to celebrate the Ratha festival.

“Not only Hindus bus also Muslims are also enjoying the fair,” he added.

Kamala Rani, a visitor from Fakirhat, said, “During my childhood, I used to come here along with my family and I always held my mother’s figure tightly. Similarly, now my daughter comes here each year. I am coming here for the last 30 years.”

Gobinda Haldar, Makhan Lal Dutta, Arindam Biswas, Tapan Das, Anjali Rani, Subarna Malakar, Priyanka and some others who came here from different districts said they looked forward to the month of July to come here to celebrate Ratha Yatra and enjoy Ratha Mela.

This Ratha festival created huge enthusiasm among us due to proper patronization of the government, said the Deputy Commissioner.

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