Mahajaal : The Big Catch.

In Barak Valley, everyone eagerly waits for the Mahajaal, the big catch. Barak Valley is a valley of swift flowing perennial rivers. Rivers like Kushiara and Singla , Madura, and Dholai join as tributaries with the river Barak, the ganga of Barak Valley. These rivers are deep and are full of aquatic beings like fish, crabs and other marine animals.

Fishing has evolved in the region more as an art than purely economic activity. Many people practise fishing as a hobby and a leisurely activity in the region. People eagerly wait for the Mahajaal to take place. Mahajaal refers to the activity of putting fishing net across the river stretching the net from one end of the bank to the other. This leads to big catch of varieties of fish that swim towards the net. The fishermen are adept in fixing the net for a big catch.
The event of Mahajaal is never preplanned. It is done by the fishermen without much planning. The event is also not publicised in a very organised way but people come to know of this event almost spontaneously by word of mouth publicity. Fish lovers gather on the river beach to witness this mega event. Once there is a big catch , people instantly buy fish from the fishermen thereby bypassing the middlemen of the fish market. This event has been a part of the culture of the people of Barak Valley from time immemorial.

Incredible India, Incredible Barak Valley!


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