Valley of Gods, Kullu is well known for its fairs and festivals.
These fairs and festivals are a part of native culture. During
these fairs the atmosphere of the villages is incredibly tumult
and fantastic. People are seen adorned in colorful traditional
dresses and a tone of fun and frolic abounds. These fairs go headlong
in strengthening their faith in the supreme being.
The month of Phalgun (mid February to mid March) marks the beginning
of all fairs and festivals in the valley and from this day onwards,
almost every second day a fair is held in one village or another.
These fairs carry both religious and economic importance for the
villagers. During these fairs people transact various articles
of basic necessity.
Some famous fairs
of Kullu valley are:
World famous Kullu Dussehra is a unique cultural fair held every
year in October. Kullu Dussehra starts usually on the day it ends
in the rest of the country. This gala goes on for a week. Dussehra
is a beautiful amalgam of history, rich culture, customs and royal
fads. Unlike other regions of India here effigies of Ravana, Meghnath
and Kumbhakarana are not burnt.
Birshu is a rural fair, which is celebrated in almost every village
of the valley during Chaitra and Baisakh (second half of April
and first half of May). The fair is followed by worship of the
village God to assure his blessings. During the prayer, the Gur
(spokesman of God) goes into trance and makes yearly predictions.
Phagli of Malana
the month of Phagun (second half of February and first half of
March), Phagli festival is celebrated in a delightful manner by
the folks of Malana .
During the celebrations people wear yellow barley grass upon clothes
and greet each other by offering this grass, which is grown in
shade. This festival reminds us of the victory of good over evil.
According to a legend, demon Tundi Raksh troubled the people living
between Malana village and Archhandi village. He was finally killed
by Jamlu devta of Malana and Shandalya Rishi. To commemorate this
event the fair is held in all the temples of Jamlu Devta, situated
in Malana, Jana, Soil, and Halan villages.
Pipal Jatra (Spring Festival)
Pipal Jatra is also called Spring Festival as it signifies the
beginning of spring season in Kullu Valley. It is celebrated every
year from 28th- 30th April at Dhalpur Maidan (Site of famous Kullu
Dussehra). The festival holds cultural significance no less than
Dussehra. During the festival, reputed artists and various cultural
groups from India and abroad come to give performance in Kullu.
The deities from related villages also participate in the fair
and add to its grandeur.
Sharhi Jatra is one of the important village fairs of Kullu Valley.
It is a big fair celebrated in Naggar for three days. The fair
is celebrated before Tripura Sundri temple during Jaishtha month
(second half of May and first half of June). During the fair,
natti is performed and lots of games are conducted. The gathering