Kullu Dussehra 2018
Kullu celebrates the festival of Dussehra with a unique enthusiasm and enjoyment. Dussehra is celebrated as a symbol of the defeat of the demon Ravana. Schedule for the Kullu Dussehra 2018 is as, starting from the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami on 19th October 2018. Celebrations will be held for 7 days and will end on 25th October 2018.
In Kullu, Dussehra starts with a massive mela (carnival) and parade. Kullu Dussehra 2018 will start with a huge possession leading by a rath (chariot) holding the statue of Lord Raghunath from the Raghunath Temple in Sultanpur. Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the new, or "white" moon in October. Around 250 to 300 devtas (deities) make their way to Kullu to pay homage to Raghunath ji.
The Kullu Dussehra committee will organize seven days long festivities on the occasion of Kullu Dussehra 2018. Similar to every year, arrangements are made for a huge mela, a temporary bazaar (market) is set up, which will sell everything from locally made kullu shawls and shoes, to colorful plastic toys. Several local groups performs the graceful Natti dance which makes it a great interest worth watching. Many travelers specially stay in Kullu town and the only real attraction for them is the famous International Mega Dussehra festival or popularly known as Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh.
History of Kullu Dussehra
Dussehra festival celebrates the defeat of the demon Ravana, by the god Rama, a story as told in Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic. In Kullu local traditions add their own spice and fun to this festival. These traditions started back in the 17th century. Raja Jagat Singh, accidentally caused the death of a Brahmin priest. To make up for his sin, he established deity Raghunath on his throne and pledged that thereafter Raghunath ji and his descendants would rule Kullu. He than brought the idol of lord Raghunath ji from the holy town of Ayodhya which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama.
From then on, Lord Raghunath "invites" all the local gods and deities of the valley to celebrate Dussehra in Kullu. Around 300 gods, including Hadimba, the deity of the Kullu rajas from Manali, and Jamlu Rishi (sage), the prevailing deity of Malana who administers justice via the village priest, gathers in Kullu Dussehra. Big handcarts (buggy) carries the gods from their own temples. They than arrive at the Dhalpur Maidan in a cheerful parade (yatra) accompanied by the energetic beat of drums.
Kullu Dussehra Images
Temples in Kullu
Beautiful town of Kullu serves as a perfect transport hub. If you're traveling to Parvati Valley, or the several temples situated around the town, Kullu is the centre point. Town of Kullu takes on a life of its own, when the residents of the valley gathers in town to celebrate Dussehra.
Most famous temple of Kullu, the Raghunathji Mandir is home to a sacred statue of Lord Raghunathji. A manifestation of Lord Rama was brought to Kullu by Raja Jagat Singh in the mid 17th century. The raja had been advised by his priests to install the sacred icon here and crown it king in his place. And to this day the Kullu rajas consider themselves mere viceroys of Raghunathji, the most powerful devta in the valley and the focus of the Dussehra procession.
Raghunath Mandir is tucked away behind the Kullu raja's Rupi Palace above the bus station. Half an hour's walk further up, the paved trail leads beyond the village of Sultanpur to a high ridge, with excellent views over the Beas River to the snow peaks in the east. Vaishno Devi Mandir, a small cave-temple that houses an image of the goddess Kali (Durga), is a stiff 3km further on.
Bijli Mahadev Mandir
Another important temple is the Bijli Mahadev Mandir. Stands 8km southeast of town, atop the bluff that overlooks the sacred confluence of the Beas and Parvati rivers. Although it's closer to Bhuntur than Kullu, you have to approach the temple via the Akhara Bazaar–Tapu suspension bridge and a well-worn track south along the left bank of the Beas.
Bijli Mahadev is renowned for its extraordinary Lingam. Bolts of lightning, conducted into the inner sanctum by means of the 20m, trident-tipped pole. And it is said to periodically shatter the icon, which later, with the help of invocations from the resident pujari, magically reconstitutes itself. From the temple, there are superb panoramic views of the Parvati and Kullu valleys and Himachal’s highest peaks. There is a basic rest-house as well near the temple.
Read More: Bijli Mahadev Trek, Kullu
Kullu Dussehra 2018
|Start Date||19th October 2018|
|End Date||25th October 2018|
|Location||Dussehra Ground Dhalpur, Kullu - Ramshila Rd, Dhalpur, Kullu-175101|
|Highlights||Around 200 to 250 devtas (deities) make their way to Kullu to pay homage to Lord Raghunath ji|
|Summary||The town of Kullu celebrates the festival of Dussehra with a unique enthusiasm. It will celebrate Kullu Dussehra 2018 on the tenth day of the new moon in October.|
Kullu Dussehra 2018 Highlights
Official dates for Kullu Dussehra has been released by Kullu District Authorities.
|Name of Event||Opening Ceremony||Closing Ceremony|
|International Folk Dance Festival, Kullu Dussehra 2018||19 October 2018||25 October 2018|
Tender for Live Streaming, Kullu Dussehra 2018
|Title||Start Date||End Date||File|
|Tender for Live Streaming, Kullu Dussehra 2018||04/10/2018||09/10/2018||Download (332 KB)|
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