Rash Mela at Dubla Char (Island), Satkhira Sunderbans

Dubla Rash Mela is the biggest fair in not only Bagerhat, but also the entire Bangladesh. This has become a grand occasion for many foreign tourists visiting the Sundarbans and people come from India as well. At the centre of the festival are twenty thousand temporary fishermen who are engaged in catching and drying fish on Dubla and nearby islands. In the Bangla month of Agrahayan every year, the fair continues for 5-7 days during full moon time. “Rash Mela” is the 200-years-old Traditional religious event honoring the Hindu God Lord Krishna which is held at Dubla island. Dubla island stands on the Bay of Bengal and is a part of the Sundarban Forest. Every year it’s held on “Rash Purnima” (Rash Full Moon), which was 1st of November. This date varies year-to-year depending of the lunar cycle determined by the Hindu astrologers. The fair on the Dubla island was started in 1923 by Hari Bhajan, a disciple of Thakur Hari Chand, The life of Hari Bhajan was very extraordinary. During his stay in Sundarbans for twenty four years, he lived on the fruits of the forest. He had many disciples in nearby villages. One of his notable works was to start the Dubla Rash Mela during the Rash Purnima, devotees seat on the bank of the sea with Foods & fruits, they pray to god until these foods & fruits washed away by tide. To celebrate the occasion and keep alive the memory of Thakur Hari Chand, the devotees, especially the fishermen of the Sundarbans, organize this religious event. Around 40-50 thousand people join the celebrations every year. Handicrafts and precious wooden items are put on sale.

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