Hindu devotees throng Lord Raghunath Temple to offer prayers on occasion of Kullu Dussehra

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 08:20 hrs

Hindu devotees in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh thronged the famous Lord Raghunath Temple to perform special prayers on the occasion of Kullu Dussehra.

Hundreds of devotees led by the head of former royal family participated in the annual deity procession, 'Narsingha Jaleb', during the weeklong Dussehra festival in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

"As per the tradition, tomorrow will be the 'killing of Ravana' and burning of Lanka. And today in the evening, Lord Ram will worship Goddess Durga and all the gods that are part of the Dussehra festival would also be worshipped. As part of the tradition, Lord Ram had invited all other gods on the eve of Ravana killing," Maheshwar Singh, the royal scion, said.

Dressed in his traditional royal attire, the head of the former royal family was carried in a palanquin along with the idols of the deities by the devotees.

A sword and shield were also taken along the procession, symbolically protecting the devotees.

During the festival, idols of the various Gods and Goddesses of the valley are brought from respective temples.

Unlike rest of India, Dusshera in Kullu is celebrated without any Ramlila or the burning of the effigies of Ravana, his son or brother.

The festival, which symbolises the triumph of good over evil, is marked by prayers, processions and musical programmes based on Ramayana.

The weeklong Kullu Dussehra festival ends with the sacrifice of a buffalo, a rooster, a lamb, a fish and a crab. A huge pile of grass is also set on fire symbolizing the burning of Lanka, Ravana's kingdom. (ANI)

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