PM Modi arrived in Himachal on Wednesday to participate in the world famous Kullu Dussehra festival. During this, Modi broke the protocol and reached Raghunath ji’s chariot and took his blessings. Raghunath ji is the main deity of this region and is revered by the people here. As soon as Modi came on the chariot, there was great excitement all around. In the history of nearly 400 years, Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister to attend. PM Modi bowed to Lord Raghunath, the main deity of Kullu Valley in the presence of around 300 deities. Let’s see the view of Kullu Dussehra in pictures.
PM Modi broke the protocol and reached Raghunath ji’s chariot and took his blessings.
PM Modi took an immediate decision to go to the chariot of Lord Shri Raghunath ji and took the blessings of Lord Shri Raghunath ji. As soon as Modi came on the chariot, there was an atmosphere of great enthusiasm all around.
When the Rath Yatra of Lord Raghunath is taken out, Nag Dhumal clears the road and controls the crowd.
Modi is the first Prime Minister of the country to attend the Kullu Dussehra festival. He watched the Rath Yatra for about an hour and a half between the beat of the trumpet and the drums. When the Prime Minister was bowing down to the main deity, the task of managing the crowd rested with the deity Nag Dhumal, the second-in-command of Lord Raghunath.
Prime Minister bowing to the main deity.
It has been a tradition in Kullu for centuries that when the Rath Yatra of Lord Raghunath is taken out, the serpent Dhumal clears the road and controls the crowd. The assembled deities during Kullu Dussehra, which usually number up to 250, accompany the main deity during the procession. This time all of them will stay at Dhalpur ground till the end of the festival on 11th October.
Idols of all the deities are kept in colorful palanquins.
Why are colored palanquins brought?
During the Dussehra festival, the people here wear colorful clothes which add to the celebration even more. During this, the idols of all the deities are kept in colorful palanquins and a journey is taken out. On the sixth day of the festival, all the gods and goddesses come together and meet which is called ‘Mohalla’. At this stage of Raghunath ji, the view of countless colorful palanquins around him is very unique but captivating and people dance all night long.
Crowd gathered in Kullu Dussehra
Why is this festival special
The Kullu Dussehra festival culminates with the ritual ‘Lanka Dahan’ on the banks of river Beas. In which all the gathered gods participate. The festival originated in 1637 when Raja Jagat Singh ruled Kullu. He had invited all the local deities of Kullu to perform a ritual in honor of Lord Raghunath during Dussehra. Since then, the annual gathering of deities from hundreds of village temples has become a tradition. After the abolition of Indian princely states, the district administration has been inviting the deities. According to a reference book compiled by the Kullu administration, there are 534 ‘living’ deities in the Kullu Valley, also popularly known as Devbhoomi or the abode of the gods.
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