This (false) information somewhere hurt the ego of Raja as he thought that the royal palace is the appropriate place to have such big  amount of pure pears. The week-long festival starts with a procession of Lord Raghunath. Struggling to stay on his feet, Maharishi Jamdagni's basket was thrown from his head, scattering the images to many distant places. Kullu: World famous week-long International Dussehra festival Kullu commenced with traditional fervour at Dhalpur ground today in the presence of more than 331 deities of district.Governor Bandaru Dattatraya inaugurated the festival by participating in the Rathyatra of Lord Raghunath. It is said that a saint namely Kishan Dash advised king to bring idols of Lord Rama, goddess Sita and Hanuman from Ayodhya, UP and dedicate his entire empire to the Lord, if he wants to get rid of the curse. The festival starts with procession carried out on Ratha across the town of Lord Raghunath and other deities. Governor  Bandaru Dattatraya inaugurated the festival by participating in the Rathyatra of Lord Raghunath. Dussehra in Kullu starts with the Rath yatra which is the most awaited event of the year and continues for seven days. The most famous Dussehra celebrations in India are done in the city of Mysore. Jagat Singh became Lord Ragunath's regent. Let's see what all happens in Kullu town during the famous Dussehra Fair. The people of Ayodya, finding their beloved Ragunath missing, set out in search of the Kullu Brahmin. On day one, 200 village devtas (deities), including Lord Raghunath, arrive in palanquins to the valley. Thousands of people participate in rath yatra pulling the rath with the help of ropes accompanied by the local devtas which move along the rath of Shri Raghunath ji. This festival is only held to celebrate the success of good over evil. The peasant who knew of the wickedness and greed of the raja killed himself by jumping into the fire and then cursed the Raja. Dussehra event has an interesting history behind it. They’re carried by messengers on foot. As the ruler, the Raja came to know of a peasant by the name of Durgadatta who apparently possessed many beautiful pearls. In earlier times shesh (relic) were distributed to all the devatas soliciting their presence in the mela prior to the starting of the Dussehra. Kullu Dussehra is one of the most beautiful and amazing festival celebrated in Kullu Valley. Doomed by his fate, the Raja sought solace and searched out advice from a Brahmin. Accompanied by 226 deities, chariot of lord Raghunath ji was pulled up to Lanka Bekar near river Beas in Kullu. Though the brahmin tried to convince the king about the truth but all his efforts proved to be fruitless.”. These idols are said to the very idols made by Lord Rama Himself during  the ‘Ashvamegh Yagya’ during Tretayug (ancient days when Rama used to rule Ayodhaya Himself). Your email address will not be published. 3rd Floor, Software Technology Parks of India, SDA Complex, Shimla-9. Dans la vallée de Kulu, Dussehra est une grande fête automnale lors de laquelle des représentations des dieux locaux sont transportées dans des baldaquins multicolores. Dr. Sita Ram Thakur, former language officer and a renowned intellectual of district Kullu throws light on the history behind the festival and says, ”In ancient days (1637-1662) King Jagat Singh used to rule Kullu estate, during those days Naggar was the capital of Kullu. Later, the Governor inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations and other non-government organizations. Kullu: World famous week-long International Dussehra festival Kullu commenced with traditional fervour at Dhalpur ground today in the presence of more than 331 deities of district. Week-long Kullu Dussehra celebration kick-started on October 25 with hundreds of people participating in Lord Raghunath's rath yatra in Kullu. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself and continues for seven days. The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the … The beginning of Dussehra in Kullu dates back to the regime of Raja Jagat Singh who ruled Kullu from 1637 to 1672. According to legend, after this return from a pilgrimage to Maharishi Jamdagni went to his hermitage at Malana. One fine day the Brahmin stole the deity and set out on his journey back to Kullu. It has great value whether looked from religious point of view, commercial aspect or the cultural aspect. He heard about a peasant who had treasured pearls of knowledge. The procession starts a week of religious ceremonies, cultural activities, socializing and shopping at the huge bazaar, or market, that comprises most of the mela ground.Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. The Kullu Dussehra 2020 started from yesterday on October 25, 2020, and will continue till October 31, 2020. This time the celebrations will be low-key because of COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions. Above 300 deities across the district come here to pay their obeisance  to Lord Raghunath (presiding deity of area) on the occasion. The Governor felicitated the people of the valley on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, which symbolizes the victory of the truth over evil. Sanjeev Sharma shares some of his mobile clicks from today's tour of Kullu town. This legend is connected with the Dussehra at Kullu. Learn how your comment data is processed. But the most interesting fact about Kullu Dussehra is that no Ravaan effigies are burnt during the festival. Rohtang Tunnel Single Day Traffic Crosses 5,000 Vehicles, Dilli Chalo ! On reaching Kullu Ragunath was installed as the reigning deity of the Kullu kingdom. Kullu Dussehra is week-long congregation of the local devtas and devis, which begins on the tenth of the white lunar period of Asvin and ends on the full moon day. These messengers are handpicked by the locals among themselves. Idols of Lord Rama, goddess Sita and Hanuman was brought in 1651 to Kullu. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself and continues for seven days. Knowing of his inevitable fate at the hands of the king, Durgadatta threw himself on the fire and cursed the king, "Whenever you eat, your rice will appear as worms, and water will appear as blood". As everyone knows that the festival begins with the arrival of esteemed deity of Kullu Lord Raghunath (Rama) at Dhalpur ground which is also known as Dussehra ground. On the banks of the Saryu river, they approached the Brahmin and asked him why he had taken Ragunath ji. Following his advice the king sent Damodar Das, a pupil of that very saint Kishan Das to Ayodhya for the purpose. The people of Ayodya attempted to lift Ragunath, but their deity became incredibly heavy when headed back towards Ayodya, and became very light when headed to Kullu. It starts from Dashmi tithi (Vijayadashami) of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month and ends on pratipada of Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month. After installing the deity of Ragunath, Raja Jagat Singh drank the Charan-Amrit of the deity and the curse was lifted. There is a legend that Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu who had been informed that a bowl full of pearls was in possession of Durga Dutt, a poor Brahmin of village Tipri. After getting rid of that curse, in 1660, King invited the deities of district for Dusshera celebrations . Dhoongri Fair . So, he ordered the peasant to give those pearls to him or face death. Its history dates back to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. Required fields are marked *. He said that the culture of Himachal Pradesh was unique and had a distinct identity. Undoubtedly, Dussehra festival of Kullu  is celebrated every year where Lord Raghunath’s presence is must but there are around 46 others celebrations also in district especially in Raghunathpur (place in town where Raghunath temple is situated) every year including Basant Panchami, Holi and Annakut. Your email address will not be published. Ahead of this annual festive occassion, let us know more about the dates, history, significance and celebrations. Govind Singh Thakur,  forest, transport and youth services & sports, Justice Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice of High Court of Tripura, Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court, MLAs, Dr. Richa Verma Deputy Commissioner Kullu,  Gaurav Singh Superintendent of Police Kullu, all officers of the district administration were present on the occasion. She lives in Kullu. King got a false information about brahmin Durga Dutt about having ‘mann’ (one and half kg) pure pears in his house. He also visited the stalls and appreciated the exhibits. Historians also say that royal family had to suffer from the skin disease leprosy as a curse. Poor and feared brahmin found himself helpless when he got the warning from the king. Wherein more than 1 to 1.5 lac people visit the fair from all across the Globe. The famous Dussehra Fair starts on Vijay Dashmi every year in Kullu town of Himachal Pradesh (India). Wherein more than 4-5 lakh(400,000-500,000) people visit the fair from all across the Globe. Kullu Dussehra - When Dussehra celebrations come to an end in the rest of the country, they begin at Kullu. Desperate, the king sent a Brahmin to Ayodya. Which needs to be carried for future generations in an unhindered way. Kullu Dussehra is the renowned International Mega Dussehra festival observed in the month of October in Himachal Pradesh state in northern India. Story Behind Kullu Dussehra: Kullu Dussehra is slightly different because its celebrations start when the rest of the country closes the nine-day long festival. Justice Sanjay Karol – Chief Justice of High Court of Tripura, Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary – Judge HP and others at Kullu Dusshera, Thus Raja warned the brahmin to deposit those pears in Rajmahal ( royal palace) as soon as possible otherwise be ready to face the dire consequences. 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The Holy man told him that in order to eradicate the curse, he must retrieve the deity of Ragunath from Ram's kingdom. The fairs and festivals celebrated here round the year provide a glimpse of rich traditions and beliefs of the people, he added. It’s said that all local deities to started respect Lord as esteemed deity of Kullu. After getting rid of that curse, in 1660, King invited the deities of district for Dusshera celebrations . Dussehra celebration in Kullu kick starts early in the day. One the other hand, a poor brahmin Durga Dutt used to live with his family at a small village Tippari falls in Manikaran valley. The non-invited guest of Dussehra, Balu Nag, was not allowed to take part in the ceremony. All major buildings are decorated with lights and color. Dussehra is a week; a long festival Celebrated in Kullu, which is known for its large number of visitors and grand celebrations. The Raja thought he should have these treasured pearls, even though the only pearls Durgadatta had were pearls of Knowledge. Festival dates back to the year 1660. There is a story behind the Lord Raghunath’s idol brought from Ayodhaya, UP, a place where Lord Rama was born. Kullu invite you. Crossing through Chanderkhani pass, he came upon a fierce storm. — To The Borders of Democracy, Rare Himalayan Serow Sighted in Himachal’s Spiti Valley For First Time, Prioritising the NRI Vote Alone Is Discriminatory, Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Inaugurates IIT Mandi’s 2020 Himalayan Startup Program, Farmers Agitation Becoming Dangerous For Country: Shanta Kumar, My Himachal Holds Stress Release Camp For HP Police. The Raja directed his courtiers to fetch the pearls from the Brahmin. The first day is started … Introduction: Dussehra is one of the important festivals of India.It is celebrated at different places in different manners. Hill people, finding these images saw them take shape or form as Gods, and began to worship them. Later, the Governor inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations and other non-government organizations. If you ask me I would say that I have never attended such an mega event in life ever before I visited this festival. Today, the villagers start pouring into Padhal Maidan in Kullu with their Gods and Goddesses to meet Raghunath Dev. It is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley. The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the Kullu Dussehra, which attracts tourists in large numbers.[1]. But the Raja in his greed ordered Durgadatta to hand over his pearls or be hanged. Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijaya Dashmi and lasts for seven days in the month of September or October. About 200 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Raghunath. Though the brahmin tried to convince the king about the truth but all his efforts proved to be fruitless.” Thakur further adds,  ”Finally feared brahmin did self immolation with his entire family which lead king Jagat Singh to repent later about the  warning he gave to that  brahmin. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself and continues in seven days. 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. After this, god Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley. Out of guilt and … Priests cook bhog (food) as offering for Lord Rama. Kullu Dussehra: Different Stages of its Celebration. Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshipped on this day, and a grand procession of her idol is taken out across the city. Called the Kullu Dussehra it starts from October 25 and go on for the next 7 days. The festival gathers over 5-6 lakhs of devotees who come to enjoy the celebrations. In present, it will start from 25 October and ends on 31 October. Dating back to the 17th century, Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijaya Dashmi and lasts for seven days in the month of October. Poor and feared brahmin found himself helpless when he got the warning from the king. It’s said that all local deities to started respect Lord as esteemed deity of Kullu. The procession starts a week of religious ceremonies, cultural activities, socializing and shopping at the huge bazaar, or market, that comprises most of the mela ground.Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. The Brahmin recounted the story of the Kullu king. Kullu’s Dussehra is a legendary fair and festival, and there are many stories attached to the current celebration of Kullu Dussehra.Every story has its own spirit and heart depicting symbolic respect for this festival. Many international troupes come here to put their performances in the stage named Lal Chand Prarthi Kalakendra. Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. God Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley after this event. on 'Vijay Dashmi' day itself and continues in seven days. The idol of the Lord is installed on a beautifully designed chariot and the devotees pull the chariot across different parts of the town with great fervor. It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history, and ritual. Kullu Dussehra: Celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan, Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijay Dashmi and continues for at least a week. It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history and ritual. This festival is only held to celebrate the success of good over evil. A theater artist, a script writer and a TV anchor, news is something that grips Renuka. Kullu Dussehra begins on the tenth day of the rising moon, the dashami tithi. The population in Kullu Dussehra is approximately 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh. 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 seven-day-long Dussehra festivities of Kullu concluded with burning of Lanka. The sight of the idol draped with silk adorned with jewelry and flowers is scintillating. This deity is taken in a Ratha to the Dussehra. Where king dedicated his entire empire to Lord Rama and declared himself a care taker of Lord Ragunath and finally got rid of leprosy caused by the curse of compelling a poor brahmin to commit self immolation. Its history dates back to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. Thus Raja warned the brahmin to deposit those pears in Rajmahal ( royal palace) as soon as possible otherwise be ready to face the dire consequences. The State government has accorded the status of International festival to the Kullu Dussehra, which attracts tourists in large numbers. Kullu Dussehra where hundreds of Gods and Goddesses decked up in their finery coverage with their retinue for week long festivity at Dhalpur grounds is one of its kind. Kullu Dussehra is the renowned International Mega Dussehra festival observed in the month of October in Himachal Pradesh state in northern India. The Government has declared Kullu Dussehra as an international festival which attracts many foreign tourists. 12. He also visited the stalls and appreciated the exhibits. The fair starts with a worship of Vishnu Bhagwan and the village Devi. Other famous Dussehra celebrations in India include that of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Manali: The week-long Kullu Dussehra celebrations, beginning October 22, will have a new attraction in 2015 in a huge tricolour flying high atop a 100-feet-tall flag mast at the mela site, disclosed Deputy Commissioner Kullu, Rakesh Kanwar. The Dussehra festival of Kullu is internationally popular today. Thousands of people visit Dussehra festival everyday making administration plan and prepare well for peaceful and successful event every year. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Earlier, the Governor has accorded warm welcome on his arrival at Bhuntar Airport. Thakur further adds,  ”Finally feared brahmin did self immolation with his entire family which lead king Jagat Singh to repent later about the  warning he gave to that  brahmin. Kullu Dussehra Dates . Dating back to the 17th century, Kullu Dussehra starts on Vijaya Dashmi and lasts for seven days in the month of October. The folk flavour of the festivity, rituals and traditions here make it totally different from Dussehra celebrations elsewhere in the country. The perfect message this Dussehra is giving 'Save Girl Child' "Beti Anmol Hai" . À Mysore , cette fête est célébrée avec beaucoup de faste : une procession, avec à sa tête le mahârâja trônant sur un éléphant caparaçonné, défile à travers la ville illuminée pour l'occasion. This festival is only held to … Dussehra is the major festival in Kullu that is celebrated with much fanfare and gusto. History behind this festival. In this fair Natti dances, folk songs and other cultural programs are the main attractions of the fair. The first day of the festival starts with the arrival of Deities from nearby villages to pay tribute to Lord Rama at Raghunath temple. Kullu Dusshera starts with a traditional Rath Yatra of Lord Raghunath (Rama). It is a lovely blend of rich culture, history and ritual. Earlier, the Governor has accorded warm welcome on his arrival at Bhuntar Airport. Dussehra at Kullu commences on the tenth day of the rising moon, i.e. After this, god Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley. Legend has it that deity worship began in the Kullu Valley. The historic event dates to the 17th century when local King Jagat Singh installed an idol of Raghunath on his throne as a mark of penance. The origins of Kullu Dussehra can be traced back to the regime of Raja Jagat Singh, who was the ruler of Kullu at that time period. Emphasizing upon the value of ancient traditions he said that the people of the state deserve appreciation for preserving their rich culture, age-old customs and traditions in the present era of modernization. It is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu valley. There are number of facts related to Kullu Dussehra which I hope you must not be knowing so today I am going to share those facts in this article of mine. 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