Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh
The annual mela or festival takes place in the Kullu Valley – also known as the Valley of the Living Gods, in Himachal Pradesh India. The festival celebrates the triumph of the God Ram over evil.
As the Dussehra celebrations concludes across the country, the week-long international Kullu Dussehra commenced at Kullu.
The Rath Yatra of the idol of Lord Raghunath is led by the Kullu Raja and village deities, and is known as the running of the Gods. About 200 local deities converge at Kullu to pay obeisance to Lord Raghunath Ji, which make the festival a rare event. Idol of these deities are brought from different part of Kullu valley and adjoining Mandi District and are kept in camps at Dhalpur Ground along with their devotees. Himachal Pradesh is known as the land of gods and goddesses and the deity culture is unique to the state.
Kullu Dussehra mirrors Himachal culture in its entirely. It clearly shows the lifestyle, love of dance and music of the people in this region. To see the colorful Himachal at one place, Kullu Dussehra is the right place. Although Dussehra is celebrated all over the country, but in Kullu, it has its own distinctive glamour. This is a state fair. People from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and other far flung places throng to enjoy Kullu Dussehra.
The procession starts a week of religious ceremonies, cultural activities, socializing and shopping at the huge bazaar, or market, that comprises most of the mela ground. The people of Himachal Pradesh are fun loving and they try to enjoy to their full during these seven long days. They organize cultural programs like dancing and singing. Numerous stalls are put up for the occasion of Kullu Dussehra. These stalls sell various sorts of merchandise.
The birth of Dussehra in Kullu lay in royal fads and it nourished on religious, social and economic factors and ultimately came to be well established, because of the inborn love of the hill-men for fun, frolic, displayed in community singing and dancing.
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