Kullu Dussehra is the International Mega Dussehra festival observed in the month of October in Himachal Pradesh. Wherein More than 1.5 Lac people visit the fair from all across the globe. The population of Kullu Dussehra is around 1.5 Lakh. It is celebrated in the dhalpur maidan in Kullu valley. Kullu Dussehra commences on the tenth day of the rising moon i.e. on Vijaya Dashmi day itself and proceeds for seven days.
Story Behind Kullu Dussehra:
Kullu Dussehra is slightly different because its celebrations start when the rest of the country closes the nine-day long festival. Dussehra is a week; a long festival Celebrated in Kullu, which is known for its large number of visitors and grand celebrations.
The legendary Festival has various myths, stories attached; each tale beautifully symbolic importance of the festival. There are two legends attached to the grand festival of Kullu Dussehra. The First one is Maharishi Jamdagni while returning from Kailash carried a basket with pictures of eighteen different Gods. While he was crossing Chanderkhani pass, a dangerous storm scattered all the pictures across Kullu Valley and all the people living in these hills say these pictures taking forms of Gods. Thus, This beautiful place called “Valley of Gods”.And this is why the people living workships these scattered pictures with great ritual and show.
The second Legend dates back to 16th Century. The beginning of Kullu Dussehra can be traced back to the regime of Raja Jagat Singh, who was the ruler of Kullu at that time. Heard about a peasant who had esteem pearls of knowledge. So, he ordered the peasant to give those pearls to him or to face death. The peasant who knew of the dissipation and greed of the raja killed himself by jumping into the fire and then cursed the Raja. Out of guilt and self-disgust, Raja Jagat Singh saw blood in the pot of water and worms instead of rice. The Brahmin’s words, Whenever you eat, you say worms instead of rice, and water will appear as blood”, echoed in his ears.
An Afraid Raja slowly began to fall ill. His disease couldn’t identify by hakims, vaids or courtiers. The soul of the Brahmin continued to haunt him. Raja Jagat Singh finally sought help, and a Brahmin(pahadi Baba), Krishan Datt then told him that the blessings of Lord Rama can heal him. He was asked that if he carried the idol of Lord Raghunath from Ayodhya to Kullu, the oath put on him by the peasant would be uplifted. Through a lot of hardships, this finally happened and the Lord Raghunath became the prevailing idol of Kullu valley. Interestingly, the weight of the idol decreased when taken towards Kullu by the local people and Increased when taken back to Ayodhya. This idol is the center of attraction in the Dussehra festival and is taken on a Ratha all across the hill town.
Kullu Dussehra Celebrations and Places:
Dussehra in Kullu valley is a much-awaited and praised celebration. This week-long festival starts with a procession of Lord Raghunath, nearby unique divine beings, carried on a Ratha over the town. The town Gods and minor gods are likewise a piece of this festival. The focal point of the celebrations is the Dhalpur maidan. The charming climate and amazing magnificence of the valley alongside the festivals fill the guests with endless joy and fulfillment. The celebration gets cheerful with moving, drinking and devouring for seven days. The Kala Kendra festival is held during the evening where a few exercises and social occasions happen. A huge number of individuals from everywhere throughout the nation and world visit this place during Dussehra. The festival is to a great degree productive which just makes the experience worth reviewing.
On the sixth day of the celebration, an assembly of village Devtas take place which one must watch. The last day of Dussehra celebrations is marked by sacrifices; a fish, a crab, a chicken, a bison, and a sheep are yielded and a gigantic blaze is lit. This super celebration observes the workships of around 250-300 idols from the abutting towns of Kullu. The symbol of Raghunath Ji is taken back to its unique place through a fantastic parade. Different social parades from various nations are welcomed, relatively like the processions of our national celebrations. In this way, one can see the distinction between the Kullu Dussehra and the Dussehra being praised in various parts of the nation.
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The magnificence and festivity at Kullu Dussehra is something that each guest here will always treasure. I wish you a very Happy Dussehra for all Years. Stay Happy and Blessed My friends