Week-long Kullu Dussehra concludes

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Shimla, Oct 15 (UNI) The week-long Kullu Dussehra festival concluded with traditional fervour at the Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra in Kullu today.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who presided over the closing ceremony, paid his obeisance before the palanquin of Lord Raghunath Ji, the presiding deity of the Dussehra festival, at Dhalpur ground.

As many as 212 deities had participated in the Dussehra Festival this time.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister announced that all the participating deities would be eligible to draw 10 per cent additional 'Nazrana' besides Rs 1,000 to each participating deities from Banjar, Rs 2000 to Ani deities and Rs 3000 to those visiting from Nirmand area and Rs 50 lakhs to be spent over the renovation of Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra, Kullu.

He said it was heartening to see that people of the state participated in all such events with much enthusiasm which had helped in conservation of the rich Himachali cultural heritage.

He said Kullu Dussehra had acclaimed international recognition and had emerged as a major attraction to the tourists from different parts of the world.

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