States Himachal Pradesh Fairs & Festivals Kullu Dussehra

Kullu Dussehra Himachal

An extravagant gala celebrated with awe-inspiring grandeur and zeal, the Kullu Dussehra is one of the biggest and most popular festivals of Himachal Pradesh.

About Kullu Dussehra Himachal

A week long carnival that celebrates the death of the demon Ravana at the hands of Lord Rama in the Hindu epic Ramayana, the Kullu Dussehra marks an important occasion in the lives of the people here. With more than 4 lakh people flocking to the spectacular abode of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate this iconic festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, the Kullu Dussehra is also known as the International Mega Dussehra.

The history of this spellbinding carnival dates back to the 17th century when the local king, Jagat Singh, installed an idol of Lord Raghunath on his throne on the advice of a Brahmin in order to eradicate his curse, after taking it from Lord Rama's kingdom, Ayodhya. After this, Lord Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the valley. According to traditions, a huge statue of the deity is now installed on a beautifully designed chariot, on the first day of the Festival, in the presence of other village gods and goddesses. The devotees after offering their prayers and respects to the deity take him to different sites across the Dhalpur Maidan.

The following days are celebrated with great devotion amidst various song and dance performances. Huge feasts are organized along with a culturally rich Kala Kendra Festival that makes the festival merrier. These vibrant cultural activities allure massive crowds and offer you the chance to experience the power of faith and community in the laps of the mighty Himalayas.

The last day of the festival is marked by sacrificing a fish, crab, rooster, buffalo and lamb, following which, a huge bonfire is lit. The celebrations are concluded with a bonfire that signifies the burning of Lanka, and the idol of Lord Raghunath is brought back to its original position through a grand procession.

Special Highlights of the Festival:

  • The Kullu Dussehra is slightly different from the Dussehra celebrated in other parts of the country.
  • It is a week-long festival.
  • The center of festivities of the Kullu Dussehra is the Dhalpur Maidan in Kullu.
  • The Festival commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, that is, Vijaya Dashmi

Festival Dates/Months

The Kullu Dussehra is celebrated in the month of October every year.

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