Poush Mela is a grand regional fair that held every year in the state of West Bengal.The center of the fair is organised at Shantiniketan, the famous place of Rabindra Nath Tagore and showcases the quintessential Bengali culture.
Time to Celebrate:
Poush Mela is held in between the 7th & 9th day of Poush month in every year
The venue of Shantiniketan is in the Birbhum district where the annual celebration of Poush mela commences.Though West Bengal is best known for its various ethnic festivals where joyful people of the state takes their active participation and upholds the spirit.The Poush mela is one of the active festivals of the state where Bengali culture can be seen in its supreme diversity with different activities.The fair is a great occasion for local people specially from the nearby villages to take participation and show their best talents by different artforms.Folk arts like folk songs and dances, dramas and other arts bounds the visitors and let them able to understand the culture of the state.People buy various items includes musical copies, Tagore’s books and other necessary items from the fair’s premises.Other fun accessories,rides like giant Ferris wheel and other rides add extra attractions to the fair.
Some 1,500 stalls take part in the fair. The number of tourists pouring in for the three-day fair is around 10,000. Government statistics put the daily inflow of tourists in to Santiniketan at around 3,500 per day; but during major festival such as Pous Utsav, Basanta Utsav, Rabindra Paksha, and Naba Barsha it goes up to an average 40,000 per day or more. Obviously, many of them do not stay back in Santiniketan, which has 85 lodges with accommodation for 1,650. Beside of this, room on rent can be hired for some days.
Devendranath Tagore with twenty followers accepted the Brahmo creed from Ram Chandra Vidyabagish on 21 December 1843 (7 Poush 1250 according to the Bengali calendar). This was the basis of Poush Utsav (the Festival of Poush) at Santiniketan
A Brahma mandir was established at Santiniketan on 21 December 1891 (7 Poush 1298 according to the Bengali calendar). A small fair was organised in 1894 in connection with the establishment anniversary of the Brahma mandir, in the ground opposite the mandir. What started as a small homely Poush Mela now attracts attention of not only the people of Birbhum district but tourists from all around.