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The Raas Mela is perhaps the grandest of all festivals which are celebrated all throughout the year. The fair that is held centered round this festival is conducted with such grandeur to hold enough significance. It attracts large crowds of people not only from all over the district of Cooch Behar, but also from neighboring districts including adjacent state of Assam. This Raas Mela has developed a tradition of its own. It holds a separate identity to the people of Cooch Behar for their uniqueness and indigenous clarity.


       The local Municipal Corporation conducts this Raas Mela at the Parade Ground or the present Raas Mela Ground and the Temple Trustee Board conducts the fair at the Madan Mohan temple compound in the district headquarter of Cooch Behar (besides Bairagi Dighi). The fair takes place spanning around approximately 1 km area. Get an idea of the Sketch of the area surrounding the temple campus where the fair/mela takes place.

Raas Mela 2004
|| Bengali version of the sketch ||

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English version of the sketch ||

|| Raas Mela 2011 >   Cultural Program By the Govt. (in Bengali) ||
  Cultural Program By the Govt. (in English) ||
 
Raas Mela 2011
Period of Mela : For 18 days; starting from 10th November, 2011
Inauguration : 1) Raas Yatra at 6:30 p.m. by the DM of Cooch Behar (Sri. Mohangandhi, IAS)
Contact (Phone) numbers : (03582) 227800 Extn.- 233 (DM/SP's camp)
Security Arrangements : Security arrangements are made in a way of setting up DM's camp / SP's camp /
Police camp / civil defence / NCC volunteers' camp / watch tower (2 nos.) /
Police booth (3 nos.)
Transport Arrangements : Special transportation arrangements have been taken up by the NBSTC for plying of buses into different sub-divisions upto 11:00 p.m.
Staying Arrangements : Tourists may stay in the following guest-houses all located within the town :-
    a) Pantha Niwas
(near Station Chaupathi)
    b) Prabas
    c) Chilarai Abasan
(Marapora More)
under the control of Cooch Behar Municipality
Entertainments : [A] Inside Madan Mohan temple
  
      Bhagavat Path or recital of holy Gita, Kirtan or songs of Baisnava cult, Jatra or rural play, Kabigan or poetical songs and more. Besides Kushan, Saitol & Bishahara songs really add a unique colour to this festive celebration.

[B] Outside Madan Mohan temple

        Circus (show timings are 1pm, 4pm, 7pm); Toy train; Puppet show (putul nach);
        Nagar Dolna; Motor Jump; various shops with numerous items to market; etc.
Trade & Business

:

No. of stalls (shops) - 1500 (approx.)
   Varieties of trade products including commercial show rooms like Hero-Honda, Keo-Karpin, as well as agricultural products like power tillers and others are on display
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    Photographs
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A symbol of secular mood in the district. This Raas-Chakra (a tall semi-cylindrical like structure made out of paper and bamboo/ posts) symbolises brotherhood irrespective of the religious diversity. It is fact that the Raas-Chakra  at the  lawn of Madan Mohan temple is being beautifully decorated over generations by a Muslim family despite the Raas being a festival of the Hindus. This Raas-Chakra is beautifully decorated with paper floral designs and different pictures of Sri Krishna are pasted all over. It is about 30 feet tall and rotates on the pivotal mast. Devotees rotate this Raas-Chakra to attain bliss and happiness.

 
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Madan Mohan Temple
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