The sight of the idol draped with silk adorned with jewelry and flowers is scintillating. Undoubtedly, Dussehra festival of Kullu  is celebrated every year where Lord Raghunath’s presence is must but there are around 46 others celebrations also in district especially in Raghunathpur (place in town where Raghunath temple is situated) every year including Basant Panchami, Holi and Annakut. On day one, 200 village devtas (deities), including Lord Raghunath, arrive in palanquins to the valley. Manali: The week-long Kullu Dussehra celebrations, beginning October 22, will have a new attraction in 2015 in a huge tricolour flying high atop a 100-feet-tall flag mast at the mela site, disclosed Deputy Commissioner Kullu, Rakesh Kanwar. History behind this festival. The Brahmin recounted the story of the Kullu king. Later, the Governor inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations and other non-government organizations. About 200 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Raghunath. Dans la vallée de Kulu, Dussehra est une grande fête automnale lors de laquelle des représentations des dieux locaux sont transportées dans des baldaquins multicolores. While music and color create a peaceful ambience, thousands of people gather on the first day of celebration to pay respect to Lord Raghunathji. Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the Kullu Dussehra, which attracts tourists in large numbers.[1]. He also visited the stalls and appreciated the exhibits. Kullu: World famous week-long International Dussehra festival Kullu commenced with traditional fervour at Dhalpur ground today in the presence of more than 331 deities of district. It is said that a saint namely Kishan Dash advised king to bring idols of Lord Rama, goddess Sita and Hanuman from Ayodhya, UP and dedicate his entire empire to the Lord, if he wants to get rid of the curse. A theater artist, a script writer and a TV anchor, news is something that grips Renuka. Kullu: World famous week-long International Dussehra festival Kullu commenced with traditional fervour at Dhalpur ground today in the presence of more than 331 deities of district.Governor Bandaru Dattatraya inaugurated the festival by participating in the Rathyatra of Lord Raghunath. This festival is only held to celebrate the success of good over evil. The Raja directed his courtiers to fetch the pearls from the Brahmin. Emphasizing upon the value of ancient traditions he said that the people of the state deserve appreciation for preserving their rich culture, age-old customs and traditions in the present era of modernization. This deity is taken in a Ratha to the Dussehra. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself and continues for seven days. The Holy man told him that in order to eradicate the curse, he must retrieve the deity of Ragunath from Ram's kingdom. The first day is started … Thousands of people participate in rath yatra pulling the rath with the help of ropes accompanied by the local devtas which move along the rath of Shri Raghunath ji. Kullu Dussehra is week-long congregation of the local devtas and devis, which begins on the tenth of the white lunar period of Asvin and ends on the full moon day. This time the celebrations will be low-key because of COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions. Wherein more than 1 to 1.5 lac people visit the fair from all across the Globe. Hill people, finding these images saw them take shape or form as Gods, and began to worship them. As the ruler, the Raja came to know of a peasant by the name of Durgadatta who apparently possessed many beautiful pearls. Thus Raja warned the brahmin to deposit those pears in Rajmahal ( royal palace) as soon as possible otherwise be ready to face the dire consequences. Kullu Dusshera starts with a traditional Rath Yatra of Lord Raghunath (Rama). Many international troupes come here to put their performances in the stage named Lal Chand Prarthi Kalakendra. The idol of the Lord is installed on a beautifully designed chariot and the devotees pull the chariot across different parts of the town with great fervor. Dhoongri Fair . Kullu Dussehra Kick Starts On October 22. Knowing of his inevitable fate at the hands of the king, Durgadatta threw himself on the fire and cursed the king, "Whenever you eat, your rice will appear as worms, and water will appear as blood". The festival will be celebrated on a small scale ass compared to every year due to the pandemic situation. 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But the Raja in his greed ordered Durgadatta to hand over his pearls or be hanged. Historians also say that royal family had to suffer from the skin disease leprosy as a curse. In present, it will start from 25 October and ends on 31 October. Justice Sanjay Karol – Chief Justice of High Court of Tripura, Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary – Judge HP and others at Kullu Dusshera, Thus Raja warned the brahmin to deposit those pears in Rajmahal ( royal palace) as soon as possible otherwise be ready to face the dire consequences. It’s said that all local deities to started respect Lord as esteemed deity of Kullu. After installing the deity of Ragunath, Raja Jagat Singh drank the Charan-Amrit of the deity and the curse was lifted. Kullu Dussehra is a centuries-old festival and celebrations begin on 'Vijaya Dashami', the day festivities end in the rest of the country. It is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley. Later, the Governor inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations and other non-government organizations. À Mysore , cette fête est célébrée avec beaucoup de faste : une procession, avec à sa tête le mahârâja trônant sur un éléphant caparaçonné, défile à travers la ville illuminée pour l'occasion. 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.Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. Kullu invite you. Following his advice the king sent Damodar Das, a pupil of that very saint Kishan Das to Ayodhya for the purpose. The festival gathers over 5-6 lakhs of devotees who come to enjoy the celebrations. Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijaya Dashmi and lasts for seven days in the month of September or October. On his head he carried a basket filled with eighteen images of different gods. The most famous Dussehra celebrations in India are done in the city of Mysore. Rohtang Tunnel Single Day Traffic Crosses 5,000 Vehicles, Dilli Chalo ! Dr. Sita Ram Thakur, former language officer and a renowned intellectual of district Kullu throws light on the history behind the festival and says, ”In ancient days (1637-1662) King Jagat Singh used to rule Kullu estate, during those days Naggar was the capital of Kullu. The origins of Kullu Dussehra can be traced back to the regime of Raja Jagat Singh, who was the ruler of Kullu at that time period. One the other hand, a poor brahmin Durga Dutt used to live with his family at a small village Tippari falls in Manikaran valley. Which needs to be carried for future generations in an unhindered way. God Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley after this event. Kullu Dussehra: Celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan, Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijay Dashmi and continues for at least a week. The first day of the festival starts with the arrival of Deities from nearby villages to pay tribute to Lord Rama at Raghunath temple. Kullu Dussehra is one of the most beautiful and amazing festival celebrated in Kullu Valley. Though the brahmin tried to convince the king about the truth but all his efforts proved to be fruitless.” Thakur further adds,  ”Finally feared brahmin did self immolation with his entire family which lead king Jagat Singh to repent later about the  warning he gave to that  brahmin. He heard about a peasant who had treasured pearls of knowledge. The beginning of Dussehra in Kullu dates back to the regime of Raja Jagat Singh who ruled Kullu from 1637 to 1672. The non-invited guest of Dussehra, Balu Nag, was not allowed to take part in the ceremony. In this fair Natti dances, folk songs and other cultural programs are the main attractions of the fair. Kullu’s Dussehra is a legendary fair and festival, and there are many stories attached to the current celebration of Kullu Dussehra.Every story has its own spirit and heart depicting symbolic respect for this festival. It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history and ritual. In earlier times shesh (relic) were distributed to all the devatas soliciting their presence in the mela prior to the starting of the Dussehra. Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped on this day, and a grand procession of her idol is taken out across the city. As everyone knows that the festival begins with the arrival of esteemed deity of Kullu Lord Raghunath (Rama) at Dhalpur ground which is also known as Dussehra ground. 3rd Floor, Software Technology Parks of India, SDA Complex, Shimla-9. The seven-day-long Dussehra festivities of Kullu concluded with burning of Lanka. Kullu Dussehra: Different Stages of its Celebration. Poor and feared brahmin found himself helpless when he got the warning from the king. Priests cook bhog (food) as offering for Lord Rama. The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the … The festival starts with procession carried out on Ratha across the town of Lord Raghunath and other deities. After getting rid of that curse, in 1660, King invited the deities of district for Dusshera celebrations . Its history dates back to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. Poor and feared brahmin found himself helpless when he got the warning from the king. Ahead of this annual festive occassion, let us know more about the dates, history, significance and celebrations. The week-long festival starts with a procession of Lord Raghunath. The fair starts with a worship of Vishnu Bhagwan and the village Devi. The Government has declared Kullu Dussehra as an international festival which attracts many foreign tourists. This legend is connected with the Dussehra at Kullu. Called the Kullu Dussehra it starts from October 25 and go on for the next 7 days. These messengers are handpicked by the locals among themselves. He said that the culture of Himachal Pradesh was unique and had a distinct identity. Wherein more than 4-5 lakh(400,000-500,000) people visit the fair from all across the Globe. Kullu Dussehra Dates . Let's see what all happens in Kullu town during the famous Dussehra Fair. The Dussehra festival of Kullu is internationally popular today. Legend has it that deity worship began in the Kullu Valley. The fairs and festivals celebrated here round the year provide a glimpse of rich traditions and beliefs of the people, he added. Earlier, the Governor has accorded warm welcome on his arrival at Bhuntar Airport. It has great value whether looked from religious point of view, commercial aspect or the cultural aspect. Crossing through Chanderkhani pass, he came upon a fierce storm. There is a legend that Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu who had been informed that a bowl full of pearls was in possession of Durga Dutt, a poor Brahmin of village Tipri. After this, god Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley. The historic event dates to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. On reaching Kullu Ragunath was installed as the reigning deity of the Kullu kingdom. This (false) information somewhere hurt the ego of Raja as he thought that the royal palace is the appropriate place to have such big  amount of pure pears. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself and continues in seven days. The Raja thought he should have these treasured pearls, even though the only pearls Durgadatta had were pearls of Knowledge. The perfect message this Dussehra is giving 'Save Girl Child' "Beti Anmol Hai" . They’re carried by messengers on foot. Jagat Singh became Lord Ragunath's regent. It is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley. Today, the villagers start pouring into Padhal Maidan in Kullu with their Gods and Goddesses to meet Raghunath Dev. On the banks of the Saryu river, they approached the Brahmin and asked him why he had taken Ragunath ji. Earlier, the Governor has accorded warm welcome on his arrival at Bhuntar Airport. Dating back to the 17th century, Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijaya Dashmi and lasts for seven days in the month of October. If you ask me I would say that I have never attended such an mega event in life ever before I visited this festival. One fine day the Brahmin stole the deity and set out on his journey back to Kullu. Doomed by his fate, the Raja sought solace and searched out advice from a Brahmin. Govind Singh Thakur,  forest, transport and youth services & sports, Justice Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice of High Court of Tripura, Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court, MLAs, Dr. Richa Verma Deputy Commissioner Kullu,  Gaurav Singh Superintendent of Police Kullu, all officers of the district administration were present on the occasion. The peasant who knew of the wickedness and greed of the raja killed himself by jumping into the fire and then cursed the Raja. So, he ordered the peasant to give those pearls to him or face death. He also visited the stalls and appreciated the exhibits. Initially (1653) these idols were kept at Manikaran temple but later in 1660 to Kullu with proper religious process. But the most interesting fact about Kullu Dussehra is that no Ravaan effigies are burnt during the festival. It starts from Dashmi tithi (Vijayadashami) of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month and ends on pratipada of Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month. It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history, and ritual. Its history dates back to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. Though the brahmin tried to convince the king about the truth but all his efforts proved to be fruitless.”. 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.Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. Desperate, the king sent a Brahmin to Ayodya. The population in Kullu Dussehra is approximately 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh. Struggling to stay on his feet, Maharishi Jamdagni's basket was thrown from his head, scattering the images to many distant places. After this, god Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley. King got a false information about brahmin Durga Dutt about having ‘mann’ (one and half kg) pure pears in his house. 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