History of Kullu Dussehra
Dussehra festival celebrates the defeat of the demon Ravana, by the god Rama, a story as told in Ramayana, an ancient Hindu epic. In Kullu local traditions add their own spice and fun to this festival. These traditions started back in the 17th century. Raja Jagat Singh, accidentally caused the death of a Brahmin priest. To make up for his sin, he established deity Raghunath on his throne and pledged that thereafter Raghunath ji and his descendants would rule Kullu. He than brought the idol of lord Raghunath ji from the holy town of Ayodhya which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama.
From then on, Lord Raghunath "invites" all the local gods and deities of the valley to celebrate Dussehra in Kullu. Around 300 gods, including Hadimba, the deity of the Kullu rajas from Manali, and Jamlu Rishi (sage), the prevailing deity of Malana who administers justice via the village priest, gathers in Kullu Dussehra. Big handcarts (buggy) carries the gods from their own temples. They than arrive at the Dhalpur Maidan in a cheerful parade (yatra) accompanied by the energetic beat of drums.