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Famous Fairs & Festivals in Kullu

The fairs of the valley show the rich cultural heritage of the valley. These fairs carry huge religious worth and preserve a rich heritage native’s belief in marvelous powers. During these fairs, the spirit of Kullu is visible on the faces of gay people. These simple rural folks take delight in songs, dances, laughter and celebration.

Here is the list of Some popular fairs & festival of Kullu

Kullu Dussehra

Kullu Dussehra in Kullu

Kullu Dussehra, Pic credit (photoshelter.com)

Dussehra is celebrated in all most all parts of the Country, But Kullu Dussehra celebration is different from other parts of the country. It presents cultural ethos of the people and their deep rooted religious beliefs which manifest during this festival with traditional songs, dances and colorful dress. It begins on Vijya Dashmi and lasts for a week. There is an interesting story behind the beginning of Dussehra Festival.

Pipal Jatra/ Vasantotsava

Pipal Jatra/ Vasantotsava in Kullu

Pipal Jatra/ Vasantotsava, Pic : (kulluonline.in)

Pipal Jatra/ Vasantotsava is an important spring festival at Kullu. It is also called the Rai – ri – Jach. It takes place at Dhalpur, Kullu on 16th Baisakh every year. The Raja of Kullu was used to sit in front of the ‘Kala Kendra’ on a raised platform of Pipal Tree along with his courtiers and the traditional dance was held in front of him. Today the festival is more popular for its cultural programs. Artists from various states in India and abroad participate in the festival.

Shamshi Virshu

This fair is organized on the first day of Baisakhi in Khokhan village. It is organized to give tribute to the local goddesses. Some Mythological stories are related to this festival. On this day of fair Goddesses taken out from the temple then after visiting the whole region, she is again established in temple. Local people have great faith on goddess because she is very helpful for fulfilling various wishes of the devotees. The people offer young yellow sheets of barley which are specially sown for the occasion to be offered to the Devi along with garlands.

Mela Bhuntar

Mela Bhuntar in Kullu

Mela Bhuntar, Pic credit : (tourmet.com)

Mela Bhuntar is also known as ‘Tahoolikhana’ held in 1st Ashad for 3 days. The fair is seasonal and religious. The fair was started by the Devta of the ilaqua Suraj Pal. Palaghmiar a Devta from mardo also attends. From this day the use of food grains from the newly harvested crops starts after cooked food firstly it offered to the gods and then the meal is shared by other relatives and friends.

Sainj Fair

Sainj fair is held in Raila on 21st of Baisakh for one day. The importance and legend of the fair are religious and recreational. Idol of Devta Laxminarayana is brought from Raila to Sainj. Thereafter the fair starts with folk dances and songs rhythmical with the beat of drums and trumpets.

Luhri Lavi

This fair is held on Kartik 21 and 22 (October-November) for two days and one night in village Dingidhar at Luhri. The significance of the fair is religious and commercial. The fair is held in honor of Devta Jogeshwar and Khegro Maya. The Devtas are worshiped. Nati dances, mimicking, fold dance performances at night are resorted to.

Anni Fair

Anni fair is held on the 27th Vaisakh (April-May) for two days in village Franali at Anni In the fair deities of the adjoining villages participate. The main attractions of the fair are folk dances and other cultural programs.

Dalash Fair

This fair is held in the month of Bhadon for three days and nights in village Soidhar at Dalash. The fair si altogether religious and is held in honor of Devta Jogeshwar Mahadev of Dalash and Bungli Nag. The devtas are worshiped and natti dances, cultural programs, and sort’s tournaments are performed.

Ganter Fair

This fair held in 3rd (Dec.-Jan) for one day. The fair is mainly religious and it is said that Rana and Thakurs the then rulers of Kullu valley were at logger head and used to be constantly at war with one another. To commemorate the battle a ram used to be sacrificed. The practice of ram sacrifice is still in vogue.

Ghatasani Fair

This fair is held on 4th (March-april) for two days in village Dawra. The myth connected with the fair is that once mother Parvati asked Lord Shiva to forget Rama saying that even Rama could change. To prove this she went to Rama in the guise of Sita to deceive him. When Lord Rama saw her he could see through the game and addressed Parvati as mother and enquired as to why she has left his guru i.e. Lord Shiva. The fair starts with a worship of Vishnu Bhagwan and the village Devi. In this fair Natti dances, folk songs and other cultural programs are the main attractions of the fair.

Dhoongri Fair

This fair is held on Jaishth 2nd (May-June) for the three days at Dhoongri (Manali) in the memory of Devi Hadimba who meditated at Dhoogri and was married to Bhima one of the five Pandavas. She had a son from him who was named Ghatotkach. He fought in the battle of Mahabharata. The fair starts with the worship of Goddess Hadimba.

Bhadoli Fair

The four day-long fair is organized once every three years. According to scriptures, Parshuram meditated at the spot where the fair is held. The fair honors the devi and devtas of the region. A feast for the people is also a hallmark of this event. The fairs are an apt way to celebrate the ancient legends, honor devi and devtas, and also serve a utilitarian purpose where people can purchase items of daily necessities from the stalls on the fair grounds.

Budhi Diwali

Buddhi Diwali

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Traditional ‘Buddhi Diwali’ also known as ‘dark Diwali’ festival celebrated at Nirmand village. This festival began on Saturday evening, which will continue for the next three days. During the festival, people dance and sing folklore related to the epic Mahabharata through the night in front of bonfires. As per tradition, villagers take animals to a nearby temple where the sacrificial ceremony was performed on ‘amavasya’. The severed head was offered to the deities and the meat was taken home for cooking but right after the directions of the high court, villagers had shun the animal sacrifice activity and offered coconut to appease the deity.

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