A Huge Procession Filled with Music, Dance and Culture” A week-long festival celebrated in majestic style in northern India, Kullu Dussehra is one of the most popular events of Himachal Pradesh, signifying the victory of good over evil. It draws the travelers from distant parts of the globe. It is held in the Dhalpur maidan at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh state. Kullu is known for its beautiful gorges, wondrous waterfalls, chatty mountain stream and ancient temples which are certainly going to enthrall you especially during the Kullu Dussehra festival.
Dating back to the 17th century, Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijaya Dashmi and lasts for seven days in the month of October. It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history and ritual.This festival is only held to celebrate the success of good over evil. While music and color create a peaceful ambience, thousands of people gather on the first day of celebration to pay respect to Lord Raghunathji. The first day is started with huge celebration and on this day the statue of Lord Raghunathji is installed on a beautifully designed chariot, which is graced with the presence of village gods and goddess, is pulled by ropes by the locals from its place to different sites across the Maidan.
The following days are celebrated with great devotion, and many an individual takes participate in singing and dancing during the festival. The fair is fulfilled with the burning of the Lanka. On the last day of the festival, the chariot is brought by the banks of Beas River where a mass of wood grass is burnt, signifying the burning of Lanka.
Reflecting the Rich and Colorful History of Kullu Dussehra According to the mythology, Kullu was under the control of Raja Jagat Singh in the 16th century. At some point he got to know that someone by the name of Durgadutt had charming pearls. The Raja tried everything to have that pearls. Though Durgadutt made him clear that the information was not correct, all his requests were hopeless. He offered him the last chance of giving the pearls but he did not and as a result Durgadutt set himself and his own family on fire and cursed the Raja Jagat Singh for his brutality.
Thereafter, he felt guilty and took advice form a Brahmin. The sacred man asked him to get back the statue of Lord Raghunath from the kingdom of Lord Ram. Worried, the Raja decided to send the Brahmin to Ayodhya. One day, he took the statue and started his way back trip to Kullu. When the locals of Ayodhya came to know that the idol of Lord Raghunath was missing, they left in search of him. The people found the Brahmin with Raghunath ji on the banks of Saryu River. Then he started telling them the story of the king. When the people picked up the idol while heading towards Ayodhya it was heavy, but to their amazement the idol became light as they moved to Kullu. When the Brahmin reached Kullu, the idol of Raghunath ji was installed. Subsequently, the king had a sip of the Charan-Amrit of the statue of the Raghunath ji and the curse was repealed. This myth is associated with the Kullu Dusshera.
Festival Time: 17-23 October 2014
How to Reach Kullu:
The closest airport to make it to Kullu is Bhunter airport, just 10 km away. Taxi service is also available from the airport at nominal prices.
The nearest railhead to reach Kullu is Joginderanagar,just 125km away. It is connected to many cities of India through a rail network.
The town is well connected to the main cities of India by excellent motorable roads. State owned bus services are also available from the close by cities such as Chandigah, Shimla, Pathankot and many more.