Big Snapshot: Celebrating Sonepur Mela
Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:13 AM
A private moment
A caretaker observes 7-year-old elephant Laxmi rubbing trunks with her 13-month-old daughter, Rani, during Sonepur Mela — also known as the Sonepur Cattle Fair — on Nov. 15 in Sonepur near Patna, India. Every year, elephant and horse traders converge on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Bihar for one of the largest and oldest cattle fairs in the world. (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Gliding along the 'Well of Death'
A stuntman stands on a motorbike as he performs in an attraction called the "Well of Death" during Sonepur Mela on Nov. 15 in Sonepur, India. In addition to cattle trading, the two-week-long annual fair also features a variety of attractions and vendors. Another reason the fair attracts so many visitors is it provides an opportunity to take a dip at the convergence of the two rivers — considered a holy place — and to pay their respects at the Hariharnath Temple. (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
A mahout sits on an elephant as it drinks water from the Ganges River during Sonepur Mela on Nov. 14. Situated near the revered Ganges and Gandak rivers, the small town of Sonepur is considered an auspicious and sacred site. (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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