The core of Dusshera – the victory of good over evil – remains constant throughout the country, however its celebration varies. Instead of following the norm, which is burning an effigy of the demon king Ravana, the Kullu Valley celebrates by worshipping Lord Raghunath. The traditional Kullu Dusshera stretches for seven days, and begins with the procession of Lord Raghunath along with other village gods and goddess, carried on a beautifully decorated chariot across the town. The subsequent days are celebrated by dancing, singing and feasting, and several cultural events are also held, such as international folk festival, Nainadevi fair and Kullu fair. The Gaddi shepherd folk performances are a must-see.
The festival concludes with a sacrificial offering of an animal on the seventh day. The aforementioned chariot is taken to the banks of River Beas, where a huge pile of wood and grass is set alight as a symbol of burning the figurine of the demon king of Lanka (Ravana). Following that, the idol of Lord Raghunath and other gods/goddesses are taken back to their temples in a grand procession. Several hundred thousand people from across the world come to witness this grand spectacle and pay homage to Lord Raghunath.
When, where: October (Begins on the 10th day of Dussehera and last for one week); Dhalpur Maidan, Kullu