Kullu Dussehra begins

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Kullu, Oct 21 (UNI) The world famous Kullu Dussehra festival began here with religious fervour and gaeity.

The festivities, which revolve around the presiding deity Lord Raghunathji, started with arrival of goddess Hadimba from Manali and other deities in palanquins accompanied by huge processions.

Governor VS Kokje, who was present on the occasion, witnessed the parade with his family in which about 250 gods and goddesses took part.

The idol of Lord Raghunathji brought from Sultanpur temple located in the palace of erstwhile ruler of Kullu and taken in a procession.

Talking to mediapersons Kullu Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Jain said elaborate security arrangements have been made for the festival.

Instead of burning of effigies on the concluding day of the Kullu Dussehra, five animals are sacrificed at the banks of Beas River before Goddess Hadimba returns to her abode Manali and Lord Raghunathji is again seated in the temple.

Besides, traditional songs and dance programmes, Bollywood singer Shreya Goshal and a host of Hindi and Punjabi artistes are expected to regale the audience.

UNI

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