Assam Govt to roll out tourism plans for historic Jonbeel Mela

Guwahati, January 20: The Assam government plans to put Jonbeel Mela, into global tourism calendar.

The Jonbeel Mela is a three-day annual indigenous Tiwa Community fair held at a historic place known as Dayang Belguri at Joonbeel. It is 3 km from Jagiroad in Morigaon district.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who attended the closing ceremony of the fair on Saturday, announced Rs 1 crore for promotion of the fair.

During the mela, a huge bazaar of indigenous items are held. The indigenous communities and tribes come down from the hills with products and interchange their merchandise with the native indigenous people in a barter system.

“Jonbeel Mela has the potential of turning into a major tourist attraction. We will support and promote it as a global tourism event,” said Sonowal.

The Joonbeel (Joon and Beel are Assamese terms for the moon and a wetland) is so called because a large natural water body is shaped like a crescent moon.

“The fair still practices a unique barter system. We are taking all measures to make it a major tourist attraction,” he added.

The mela is said to be begun not later than 15th century AD. It was first organized ago by the Tiwa (Lalung) to discuss the prevailing political situations.

Rita Chowdhury elaborately mentioned about the mela in her Sahitya Akademy Award-winning novel Deo Langkhui.