DUSSHERA, BHUNTAR,HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.
Kullu gears up for Dusshera.
Trumpets blare and drum beats float across mountains as long retinues of hardy Himachali men carry deities cast in pure gold and silver, and decked in garlands and jewels down meadows and trails to the Dhalpur Grounds in the town of Kullu. Some come from as close as the adjoining valley of Banjar 58 kms to the right of Kullu while some from days afar at forced march to make it for the inauguration.
Held in the month of October each year, Dusshera is Himachal’s equivalent to the Christian Carnival and celebrated with equal pomp and show. First recorded in the 17th century, the ten days long festival is a meeting ground of villages separated by distance and their patron gods – who even in the days of automobiles and concrete roads are ferried on foot from miles away.