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Sonepur Cattle Fair, known also as Harihar Kshetra Mela, is held on Kartik Purnima (full moon day) in the months of November-December at Sonepur, Bihar on the confluence of river Ganga and Gandak. The fair attracts visitors from allover Asia and dates back to the time of emperor Chandragupta Maurya (340- 297 BCE).I spent a day at the horse market trying to chronicle the hectic goings-on. In modern India horses have become a status symbol among the feudal lords of rural India. who still manage to command a considerable influence upon the rural masses. For them the fair remains a venue to assert their social status and while they sell their horses, they also take the chance to make an impression on others. The horse traders employ capable riders and keepers to show off their wares.Horse keepers like Dinesh Yadav from Begusarai and Kamal from Mathura are able riders who have worked for their masters since childhood.