Kullu Dussehra, Kullu

The yearly fair or festival takes place in the Kullu Valley - also branded as the Valley of the Living Gods, in North India. The festival celebrates the triumph of the God Ram over iniquity. The Rath Yatra of the idol of Lord Ragunath is led by the Kullu Raja and village deities, and is recognized as the running of the Gods. The convoy starts a week of religious ceremonies, civilizing activities, socializing and shopping at the massive bazaar, or market, that comprises mainly of the mela ground.

Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the mounting moon, i.e. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself and continues in seven days. The birth of Dussehra in Kullu lay in imperial fads and it nourished on religious, societal and financial factors and finally came to be well reputable, because of the inborn love of the hill-men for fun, frolic, displayed in area singing and dancing. Copious stalls offer a verity of local wares. This is also the time when the International Folk Festival is eminent.

Along with legend, after his revisit from a pilgrimage to Kailash, Maharishi Jamdagni went to his hermitage at Malana. On his head he accepted a basket full with eighteen imagery of different gods. Crossing through Chanderkhani pass, he came upon a fierce hurricane. Struggling to stay on his feet, Maharishi Jamdagni's tub was thrown from his head, scattering the images to several distant places. Hill people, result these images saw them take figure or form as Gods, and began to worship them. Legend has it that idol worship began in the Kullu Valley.

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