Know more about: Unique fair of Jaunpur, Uttarakhand, also known as Maun Mela

In this fair, fishes are first made unconscious by pouring Timru powder into the Agalad river. After which thousand of people jump into the river to catch fish.

Know more about: Unique fair of Jaunpur, Uttarakhand, also known as Maun Mela

Uttarakhand is a state of diverse culture and tradition. The festivals and fairs here have a different and special identity. One such unique fair is organized in Jaunpur, which is called Maun Mela. A historic Maun Mela will be organized on Sunday at Jaunpur near Mussoorie in the Tehri district. This time Maun Mela was held after two years. In this fair, fishes are first made unconscious by pouring Timru powder into the Agalad river. After which thousands of people jump into the river to catch fish. On this occasion, the local people also performed folk dances to the beat of drums and drums.

This time it is expected that a large number of villagers will attend this fair. This fair has been organized in Jaunpur since the year 1866. There is a special enthusiasm among the villagers regarding the Maun Mela.

 

More than 20 thousand people come from the surrounding area 

At the fair, more than 20 thousand people come from the surrounding area including Jaunpur, and Rawai Valley participated. First performed traditional folk dance along with rural folk songs along with drums near the river. Then more than 8 quintals of Timaru powder were poured into the river. After this people took the net and jumped in the river to catch fish. It is claimed that hundreds of quintals of fish have been caught during this period.

With the onset of the monsoon, a mass fishing fair is organized in the last week of June. At this fair, thousands of children, young and old people of the area go down to catch fish along the stream of the river. The special thing is that environmental protection is also taken care of in this fair. During this, the villagers catch the fish with their kundiyada, phatiyada, net, and hands, the fish which are not caught, later become alive in fresh water.

This is a year of tradition

People of about 16 villages in the Nainbagh area made Timru powder for about two to three weeks. Local people say that this tradition has been going on for years. Which is celebrated for about 156 years. It is claimed that the Maun Mela was started in 1866 by the then Tehri King, and is continuing.

 

Preparation starts from one month to making powder

To make the Timru powder which the villagers put in the river for fishing, the people of the village start preparing a month ago. The villagers extract the bark of the stem of the Timru plant, which is rich in natural herbs and medicinal properties, and then grinds the bark finely in a mortar or grater to prepare a powder. After the Timru powder falls into the river, the fish become unconscious for some time. The powder does not kill fish.

Fair is a symbol of environmental protection

Hundreds of kilos of fish are caught in the fair, which the villagers take home as prasad and serve to the guests. Foreign tourists also reach the fair. The purpose of the fair is to protect the river and the environment as well as to clean the river so that the fish get clean water for breeding. Locals say that powdered water does not harm the environment. This makes the fish unconscious for some time. The fish that are not caught later survive in fresh water. Along with this, when thousands of people walk in the stream of the river, the moss and dirt at the bottom of the river get cleaned and flow into the water and after the Maun Mela, the river looks very clean.