This article has been extracted from
THE IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF INDIA , 1908.
OXFORD, AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.
Note: National, provincial and district boundaries have changed considerably since 1908. Typically, old states, ‘divisions’ and districts have been broken into smaller units, units, and many tahsils upgraded to districts.Many units have since been renamed. Therefore, this article is being posted mainly for its historical value.
A celebrated fair held annually in October or November at Balia village in the Thakurgaon subdivision of Dinajpur District, Eastern Bengal and Assam (26 degree 18' N. and 88° 21' E.), on the occasion of the Rash-purnima festival in honour of Krishna. The name is derived from the offerings of dried rice with which thegod is worshipped.
The fair lasts from eight to fifteen days, and is attended by about 85,000 persons; it is principally a cattle fair, but much miscellaneous trading is also done.