Kullu Dussehra celebrations
Kullu Dussehra is a grand festival celebrated in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India during the month of October. The venue of the celebration is usually the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley. This festival starts on the tenth day of the rising moon also called the Vijayadashami day and continues for seven days. Kullu Dussehra mela is the primary attraction of the festival. The festival has been given the status of international festival and and sees thousands of national and international tourists.
Kullu Dussehra 2013
Like every other year Kullu Dussehra 2013 will also start from October 24 and will continue till October 30. The smoking and use of plastic has been categorically banned in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations. More than 250 gods and goddesses have been invited to join in the festival processions. Only two deities have not been sent invites this year by the district authorities as the devotees had been at war to occupy a special place of honour in the processions. These two deities are Shringa Rishi and Balu Nag.
History of Kullu Dussehra
The origin of Kullu Dussehra goes back to 1637 when the ruling King Raja Jagat Singh had invited all the local deities to participate in a week-long Dussehra celebration. The king has established the idol of Raghunath as the ruling deity of the Kullu Valley.
Dasara is a very important Indian festival and is celebrated throughout the country. It has won worldwide acclaim and recognition. Each region has its own unique celebrations. Dasara celebrations in Mysore is the hallmark of the Dasara festivities in the state of Karnataka. Dasara is celebrated in Delhi with great enthusiasm in the Ramlila Maidan where huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad are burnt signifying Ravana’s defeat in the hands of Rama and also signifying the victory of good over evil. A lot of people or tourists travel via Bangalore to attend the Dasara or Vijayadashami festival of Mysore. To improve connectivity and facilitate the participation in the Mysore Dushera, the state authorities of Maharashtra have also offered special flight packages and improved railway services from Pune. These kinds of initiatives have also been noticed from other major Indian cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.