JAGIROAD, Jan 14 - Every year the historic Junbeel Mela, a traditional get-together of hills people and plains people, begins on the eve of the Tiwa tribes’ Bhogali Bihu celebrations.
The three-day Junbeel Mela, this year too, will be organised under the auspices of the Junbeel Mela Samiti and the Gova Deoraja Rajdarbar at the Junbeel pathar, four km from Jagiroad in Morigaon district on January 17-19.
On January 17, Gova Deoraja Deepsing will start the celebrations by hoisting a flag at 9 am which will be followed by the lighting of an earthen lamp by Suneswar Doloi, president, Junbeel Mela Samiti at 9.30 am. The ceremonial 'king' of Gova kingdom Deepsing along with his Rajdarbar followers, Bhadrasing Deoraja of Potonia kingdom, a host of other personalities from the tribe and other dignitaries will assemble at the mela ground in the afternoon at 1.30 pm on the day for a traditional community feast. Deepsing Deoraja will also interact with the 'mama-mami' of hills who will participate in the big get-together at 4 pm.
On Friday early morning at 5 am, Morigaon MLA Rama Kanta Deuri will inaugurate the ‘barter syatem’ of trade at the mela site. At 9 am, a community fishing will be organised in the Junbeel in which peoples from plains and hills will join.
Jagiroad MLA Piyush Hazarika will inaugurate the Gova rajar cultural programme at 11 am. The Deputy Commissioner of Morigaon Rituraj Bora will release a souvenir Junbeel at the same function organised on the occasion. A cultural function will also be organised in the evening at 7 pm on the day in which artistes from plains and hills will perform.
On the penultimate day, a temporary Rajdarbar will be arranged at 11 am at the mela ground in which ancient rajas from various kingdoms under middle Assam including Gova and Potonia will attend. Mela sources stated that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal along with minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma will attend the function.