PM Narendra Modi sounds poll bugle in Himachal, attends Kullu Dussehra Festival


Kulu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounded the ballot box for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday as he addressed a large rally at the International Kullu Dussehra Festival at Dhalpur Ground. The Prime Minister also attended the Rath Yatra of Bhagwan Raghunath, the chief deity of the region, and asked for his blessings. He greeted the citizens on this occasion and expressed his happiness as this is his first time to be part of the Dussehra festival in Kullu. “The whole Himachal Pradesh including Kullu has changed over time, but I am pleased that the people here have further strengthened their culture,” the prime minister said during his speech.

Addressing the crowd at Kullu’s Dhalpur Ground, PM said: “Our real heritage is our culture and our folk life, which have been motivating and encouraging us to move forward for thousands of years. Wherever we live in the world, this identity gives us heritage”.


“Whether it is national unity or civic duty, this cultural heritage of ours also acts as a link. This is the strong link, which connects not only the country, but also the whole world to India,” he added.

“There is a great lesson for our politics in Himachal’s Devniti. How in Devniti, with the efforts of everyone, connecting everyone, the work is done for the betterment of the village community, that is also a great inspiration for creating a developed India” PM further added.

History and Significance of Kullu Dussehra

The Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh is a week-long festival celebrated in October, it is a special occasion and an opportune time to witness different shades of the valley’s vibrant culture.

However, the Kullu Dussehra is distinctly different from the rest of the country as the week-long festival starts on the day it ends elsewhere. Begun in the 17th century, the tradition was established when Raja Jagat Singh installed an idol of Lord Raghunath brought from Ayodhya in the palace temple at Kullu.





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