International Kullu Dussehra

Kullu Dussehra is an international level festival celebrated in the beautiful Himachal Pradesh. This festival attracts tourists from all over the world every year. In this article I will provide you the detailed knowledge of Kullu Dussehra celebrations.

Kullu Dussehra is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh in the month of October every year. It is celebrated in Dhalpur maidan of Kullu valley. Dusshera celebrations start on the Vijay Dashmi and continues for next seven days. The state government has declared it an international level festival.

History of Kullu Dussehra

In the 16th century, there was a king named Raja Jagat Singh who used to rule over Kullu valley. In his kingdon there was a peasant named Durgadatta who treasured some pearls of wisdom. When Raja Jagat Singh came to know about this he wished to own those pearls and ordered the peasant to handover the pearls to him. After knowing the wish of Raja, peasant worried about the fate of the pearls. Finally, he decided to sacrifice his life with the pearls. Due to this reason the peasant threw himself in the burning fire along with pearls and cursed Raja in following words " whenever you eat, your rice will appear as worms, and water will appear as blood".
with this curse life of Raja Jagat Singh became very miserable and he sought different solutions to became free from this curse. One of his Brahmin, suggested him to retrieve the idol of Lord Raghunath from the Ayodhya. Without wasting time he sent the Brahmin to Ayodhya for the said purpose. On one fine day, Brahmin stole the idol of Raghunath ji and returned his journey back to the Kullu.
When the people of Ayodhya found their idol missing they started searching for the Brahmin. They caught the Brahmin on the Bank of Saryu river and asked him the reason for such act. Brahmin narrated the whole story of Raja Jagat Singh. After knowing the cause they forgive the Brahmin but when they tried to lift the idol of Raghunath it became too much heavey to lift. On the other hand, it became too light when lifte towards Kullu.
After knowing the wish of God, people of Ayodhya let the Brahmin to take the idol to Kullu. When idol of Raghunath was installed in Kullu, Raja Jagat Singh drank the charna amrit of the idol Raghunath and soon his curse was lifted.
This idol of Raghunath ji is taken to the Dusshera in charriot every year in Kullu valley.

How Dussehera is celebrated in Kullu?

Kullu Dusshera is celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm every year. On the first day the idol of lord Raghunath on a charriot is pulled from its fixed place in Dhalpur maidan to another spots across the ground by big ropes.
There is a tradition that all the gods of Kullu valley has to visit Raghunath ji on this holy festival.
On the following days, the gods are invoked and paraded in morning and evening.
On the last day of Dussehera, lord Raghunath ji is taken to the bank of river Beas and where a pile of big wood grass is set to fire, which symbolises the burning of Lanka and followed by the sacrifice of animals.

How to reach Kullu?

Kullu by air

Nearest airport to the Kullu is at Bhuntar 12 km away from it. Bhuntar airpoqt is connected to all major airports of India.

Kullu by train

Nearest railway station to Kullu is Jogindernagar but its of narrow gauge. So, this route to reach Kullu is not preferrable.

Kullu by road

Kullu is well connected with road from all over the India. It takes around 6-8 hours from Chandigarh by road. The journey across the river Beas to Kullu is really memorable. There are regular buses from Chandigarh and Dehli to Kullu.

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