PALAMPUR,01.11.20-India is a country of festivals and Devbhoomi Himachal has its own distinctive festive fervour.

One of the most prolific festivals which has got its fame across the globe is Dusshera festival of Kullu.

Kullu Dussehra festival has got its own distinctive identity as it begins on the last day of rising moon(Vijaydashmi).

It is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan every year.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.

After this, god Raghunath was declared as the ruling deity of the Valley.Every year around 4-5 lakh people visit Kullu to enjoy the festivities.

Kullu Dussehra was declared an international event in 1972.This week-long festival starts with a procession of Lord Raghunath, along with other deities, carried on a Ratha across the town. The village gods and minor deities are also a part of this celebration.

The last day of the celebrations is marked by sacrifices; a fish, a crab, a rooster, a buffalo and a lamb are sacrificed and a huge bonfire is lit.

This mega-festival witnesses the worshipping of around 250-300 idols from the adjoining villages of Kullu. The idol of Lord Raghunath is brought back to its original place through a grand procession.

This week long festival of joy and fervour adds to the magnificence of beautiful Kullu valley.