Kullu Dusshehra Festival Celebration History : In Kullu Valley, the tradition of the Feast of Vijayadashmi, rituals is historically important. It is custom of burning the statues of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna on this day to indicate the victory of good over evil. The wave of this festival spread like fire with elegance of Rath Yatra, gaiety of shopping and religious traditions fill the wave with diversity.
If you are planning for trip of Himachal Pradesh, then you should not miss the Kullu Dussehra Festival Celebration which falls on 22nd October 2015. Many Tourists from all around the world specially comes to enjoy the dussehra festival celebration of Kullu.
Important Facts about Kullu Dussehra :
- Kullu Dussehra is a renowned and famous international festival.
- It is observed in October month in Himachal Pradesh.
- Around four to five lac people and traders visit this place from all across the world.
- The celebration takes place in Dhalpur maidan in Kullu Valley.
Kullu Dussehra Festival Celebration History :
The tradition of celebration of Vijayadashmi festival in Kullu begins in 1637 during the reign of Raja Jagat Singh. Known as “Fuhari Baba”, a saint named Kishan Das suggested the Raja Jagat Singh that a statute of Lord Raghunath ji should be estabilished in Kullu. Hence following their orders, a staute of lord Raghunath ji was brought from Ayodhya in 1651 and set up in Kullu.
It is said that Raja Jagat Singh was suffering with some herculean disease. He started recovering with consumption of statue’s Charnamrit. Gradually he was completely healthy. Then the king dedicated his life to God and state. This the Dussehra festival started to celebrate. King in the first fifteen days of the month of Ashwin, King send invitation to all 365 deities for Yagya in Dhalpur valley for honor of Raghunath.
The fair lasts for seven days. And it is a stage for art and great cultural activities. Thousands of people enjoy in open theate Dalpur.
On the first day of celebration of this festival, goddess of dusshera, hidinba of manali comes to kullu which is considered the goddess of the royal family and is welcomed at entrance with scepter.All members of royal family takes blessings on invitation by Hidinba.Subsequently, Hidinba makes entry to Dhalpur.
The statues of Raghunath, Sita and Hidinba are kept in beautifully decorated Chariot. Rath yatra begins with orders of Mother Bhekhli. The chariot is moved from place to place with help of rope which endures to this chariot for six days. All male members of the royal family departs to Dusshera ground .
More than a hundred gods are made to sit in the colorful decorated palakis.
Coming in different ways in the mountain valley of the gods to see this ritual appears as if the gods of heaven are opened to celebrate carnival on earth. As the city is close to the noise from the festival seems to touch its heights. The valley becomes wide and the crowd becomes dense.
On sixth day of festival, all gods came to meet together which is called “Mohalla”. It is very unique view of countless colorful paalakis and also intriguing. All people enjoy the night with songs and dance.
On seveth day, Chatiot is moved along the beas river where barbed tree is lit as Lanka Dahan. Some animals are also sacrificed. Then the chariot is brought back to its place and Raghunath ji is restored in the temple of Raghunathpur. Thus world famous Kullu Dussehra ends with great enthusiasm.
Dhalpur is crowded with traders from every corner of the country. Many exhibitions are also held at the State level. International Arts Festival is also enjoyed at night in art center.
Kullu Dussehra is last festival among all festivals celebrated in the valley. Next festivals begins in March.