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The week-long International Kullu Dussehra Festival commenced with traditional fervor and enthusiasm at Kullu today. Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated the festival by participating in the Rath yatra of Lord Raghunath at Dhalpur ground. He was accompanied by Lady Governor Smt. Darshana Devi.
The Governor felicitated the people of the valley on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, which symbolizes victory of the truth over evil. He said that the culture of Himachal Pradesh was unique and had a distinct identity. The fairs and festivals celebrated here round the year provide a glimpse of rich traditions and beliefs of the people, he added.
He said the people of the State deserve appreciation for preserving their rich culture, age old customs and traditions in the present era of modernization adding that the younger generation should be made aware of the same. Later the Governor inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations and other non-government organizations. He also visited the stalls and appreciated the exhibits.
About 245 deities from various parts of Kullu Valley are participating in this festival. Ayurveda Minister Mr. Karan Singh, MLA Mr. Maheshwar Singh and senior officers of the district administration were present on the occasion.