Famous Fairs & Festivals in Kullu

Kullu Festival

The fairs of the valley show 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

  1. Kullu Dussehra

    Kullu Dussehra
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    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.
  2. Pipal Jatra/ Vasantotsava

    Pipal Jatra
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    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Mela Bhuntar

    Mela Bhuntar
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    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.
  5. Sainj Fair

    Sainj fair is held in Raila on 21st of Baisakh for one day. The importance and legend of the fair is 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.
  6. 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.
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