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The festival is a rural carnival that takes place on the Mela grounds of Shantiniketan. The festival also demonstrates the true culture and spirit of Bengal through its vivacious energy and enthusiastic participants. There is a lot of excitement among everyone who is either participating or has just come to witness the vibes of the celebration. This fair is mostly conducted in December and this time it would be from the 24th of December to the 26th of December, 2019.

The students from universities, people from the towns along the participants perform cultural dance forms and other performances with great enthusiasm at the festival. Do not take a picture that you are going to get bored seeing similar things for two-three days. Each day of the fair has something different on the plate for you along with of course the food and delicacies of Bengal.

Significance of Poush Mela

It was all started with an initiative by Devendranath Tagore with his twenty followers to accept the Brahmo creed from Ram Chandra Vidyabagish which was on December 21st, 1843 (Poush month according to Bengali Calendar). Then, a Brahma Temple was built at Shantiniketan on December 21, 1891, and started a small Poush Mela which now has become one of the prominent fairs of West Bengal state of India.

Also Read: This festival was initiated by a man named W. Goldstein in 1889 and majorly focuses on cattle trading

Major Attractions of Poush Mela

Folk Dance. One would get to see different forms of folk dances, and different cultures performing in just one fair which is in itself is an undying experience. Several Bengali Folk dance forms that can be seen during the mela are Baul, Purulia, Santhali, Mundari, etc.

Food Fiesta. How can someone miss on the food culture of Bengal? You will get different varieties of food from sweets to spicy, you name it and you have it. It is a perfect blend of rural culture and modern spirit which makes it even more special and bright to the eyes. One can enjoy different delicious food items from Bengali Cuisine such as Aloo Potol Posto, Shukto, Sandesh, Alur Dom, etc.

Exhibition. Bengalis are known for their art, painting and poetry, handicrafts and so much more. One can get into the realm of beautiful and awestruck creativity in the form of handlooms, handicrafts, etc. 

How to Reach

By Air. The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. The airport is situated in Kolkata which is the capital city of West Bengal. The airport is well-connected to major cities of India as well as overseas. Once you reach the airport, you can easily get on a bus or hire a taxi to reach Shantiniketan which is approximately 161 kilometres away from the airport.

By Rail. Prantik Railway Station(3 km), Bolpur S Niketan Railway Station(2km), and Kopai Railway Station (1km) are the nearest railway stations to Shantiniketan. These railway stations serve the Shantiniketan as well as neighbour regions of the area. If you are travelling from any other metropolitan cities of India, you need to deboard at Kolkata Railway Station in Belgachia. After that, you can head to local trains  

By Road. Shantiniketan has got well-linked road connectivity that streamlines several nearby as well distant regions of the city. 

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    24 December 2020 - 26 December 2020

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    Shantiniketan

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