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Kullu Dussehra Festival
Kullu Dussehra is one of the most popular international Mega Dussehra festival of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India which is celebrated in the month of October. More than four to five lac people all across the world become part of this popular festival of the Kullu. The Dussehra festival is observed in the popular Dhalpur maidan or Dussehra ground in the Kullu valley. Kulla Dussehra festival begins on the 10th day of the rising moon i.e. Vijay Dashmi itself and extended for next seven days. Himachal Pradesh state government has granted the Kullu Dussehra festival the status of the international fest.
Kullu Dussehra History (English)
Maharishi Jamdagni, after completing his pilgrimage to Kailash, went to his monastery situated at Malana. While traveling he carried a basket full of eighteen photos of various gods. When he was passing through the Chanderkhani pass, he faced a violent storm. Tried to stay on his feet, his basket was thrown away from his head, spreading the photos to various distant places. The hill people, who were finding these photos saw them taking the shape or form of Gods, and due to this local people start worshiping them. The fable has it that the God worships started in the Kully Valley.
In Sixteenth Century, the Raja Jagat Singh was ruling over the beautiful and prosperous kingdom of the Kullu. As a ruler, he got the information that the farmer by the name of Durgadatta has managed to occupy some beautiful and lovely pearls. So the Raja decided to have those valued pearls, although the particular pearls Durgadatta had the were the pearls of the knowledge. But the Raja in his selfishness ordered the farmer to give his pearls or he will be executed. Durgadatta after understanding his inescapable future at the hands of the king threw himself into the fire and cursed the Raja.
“Whenever you eat, your rice will appear as worms, and water will appear as blood”.
To eradicate himself from the durgadatta’s curse, the king sought to console and find out a suggestion from a Brahmin. The brahmin told the raja that to completely eradicate the curse, he must recover the idols of the Raghunath from the kingdom of the Raama. The desperate king sent the Brahmin to Ayodhya.
One day the holy man successfully stole the idols of Raghunath and set his journey back to Kullu. When the local people of the Ayodhya find out that their beloved Ragunath idol is missing, they start searching the Kullu Brahmin and successfully capture him on the bank of Saryu river and asked him a question why he stole Raghunath Ji. The holy brahmin described the complete story of the Kullu Raja. After that, when the local people of Ayodhya tried to lift Ragunath, they observed that their deity become strangely heavy when headed toward Ayodhya while very light when headed to the Kullu. Due to this incident, local people decided to hand over the deity to Brahmin. When the holy man reached the Kullu, the deity of Raghunath was installed as the ruling idol of the Kullu kingdom.
After successfully installing the Raghunath deity, the Raja drank the holy feet water (charan-amrit) of the idol and his curse was lifted. After that, the Raja of Kullu become the regent of the Lord Raghunath.
Now this story is linked with the Kullu Dussehra. This deity of the Raghunath is taken in a Chariot (Ratha) to the Dussehra.
Kullu Dussehra History in Hindi
You can check the following video to listen the complete Kullu Dussehra Hisotry in Hindi.
Kullu Dussehra 2016 Date and Venue
Kullu Dussehra festival 2016 will commence from October 11, 2016, Tuesday and will continue for seven days. The Kullu Dussehra Mela venue will remain the same i.e. Dhalpur Ground/ Dussehra Ground, Kullu, India.
How Kullu Dussehra Starts and Ends
Kullu Dussehra starts on the Vijaydashmi with the appearance of Goddess Hadimba from Manali and around 200 idols worshiped in different temples in the Kullu to pay regard to Lord Rama or Raghunath. All the deities are followed by the attendants and all reach the venue of the Kullu Dussehra in a colorful procession which is also a highlight of this festival.
Kullu Dussehra festival ends on the seventh day. On this day all the devotees, burn the grass on the bank of the River Beas. All the deities from different temple say goodbye to Raghunath Ji by making a promise that they will come next year. After that, all the deities go back to their respective temples.
How Many Deities Participated in Kullu Dussehra 2016?
This is one of the most popular questions related to Kullu Dussehra. Lots of users ask this question on different sites who write about Himachal Pradesh culture. By keeping this thing in mind, I also decided to include this question in my post.
There is no exact count of deities participate in Kullu Dussehra, but it as per our knowledge around 200-350 deities join this Dussehra festival to pay regard to Lord Rama or Raghunath.
Stream Kullu Dussehra 2016 Live
In case, you can’t visit kullu to become part of this amazing Dussehra festival, then don’t worry, as you can stream Kullu Dusserhra 2016 live online on YouTube channel named as Kullu Dussehra which is powered by streamonweb.com
Where to Stay in Kullu during Kullu Dussehra Festival?
In case, you’re planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh, then I recommend you to be the part of this year Kullu Dussehra Festival, then there are lots of hotels in Kullu that offers you services at very decent and reasonable prices. Alternatively, you can also stay set your stay at Manali, well know hill station which is only 40km away from the venue of the Kullu Dussehra.
You can also check out our previous article in which I have covered a detailed list of Himachal Tourism Hotels in Manali and Kullu.
Places to Visit in Kullu Himachal Pradesh
Kullu is one of the popular Himachal Pradesh tourist places because of its serene climate. It is a home of natural beauty. After attending the Kullu Dussehra festival, if you have spare time, then you can also visit other popular places like
- Basheshwar Mahadev temple
- Raghunath temple
- Bijli Mahadev temple
- Tirthan valley
- Prashar Lake
- Pandoh dam
- Sultanpur palace
- Chandrakhani Pass
- Sujanpur fort
- Malana Village
Kullu is well known as the valley of apples, so it is highly recommended to taste the local apple. Kullu is also known for the Kullu shawls, so you must visit the local shopping places to catch shawls, caps, and other accessories for your loved ones.
I’m personally inviting all my readers to Kullu and become the part of Kullu Dussehra 2016.