The fairs and festivals of Himachal Pradesh beautifully unfold the rich cultural wealth of the northern state of India. The region has always been proudly traditional in its values.
Kullu Dussehra is one of the most celebrated events in the state and holds a lot of prominence for the natives. Observed in the month of October, during which the town of Kullu comes alive with the symphony of colours for seven days. The Himachal Pradesh Government has accorded the status of International festival to the Kullu Dussehra.
Devotees participate in a procession of Lord Raghunaths return to his abode. The festival dates back to 1637 when Raja Jagat Singh ruled Kullu. He invited all 250 local deities in Kullu from various temples to perform a ritual in honour of Lord Raghunath during Dussehra. After 7 day festival, all local deities return back to their respective abodes.
The natives come together and immerse themselves completely in the religious traditions with utmost fervour. Besides palanquins of deities in the colour procession held on the streets of Kullu, the people of the state engage in the festive spirit with an assortment of cultural performances.
The Kullu fair is a marvelous exhibition of Himachal Pradesh’s rich and diverse culture where thousands of natives converge in the Dhalpur ground for the celebrations, which start with traditional prayer/dance forms to invoke the presence of the spirits of the devtas of the land.
Here’s a sneak peak