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Kullu Dussehra festival 2010-International folk dance festival-Himachal Pradesh

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Uploaded on Oct 23, 2010

Dusehra in Kullu starts on the 'Vijay Dasmi' day in October month and continues for seven days. Although Dasehra is celebrated all over the country, but it is notable thing that Kullu Dasehra starts from the it ends elsewhere in the country. The main attraction of Kullu Dusehra is 'Rath Yatra', which begins from 'Raghunath Temple' and ends at Dhalpur ground. The Rath Yatra is held fully decorated in local style for the ride of Lord 'Raghunath', brought from a temple in the place of erstwhile rulers.

The grand procession is joined by thousands of people, tourists from various parts of India and other countries. This 'Yatra' symbolically signifies Lord Rama's home coming to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana of Lanka.

Daseahra concludes with the burning of Lanka. The Chariot of Raghunath ji is taken near the bank of river Beas on the last day of festival, where a pile of wood and grass is set of fire, which symbolize the burning of Lanka and is followed by the sacrifice of choosen animals. A buffalo, cock, fish, goat and crab are sacrificed. Then the chariot of Raghunath is brought back to its original place, its temple in Sultanpur. Dance troups from many parts of the country and aboard participate, in this international festival and add more colours to the already colourful occasion.

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