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RAMAVATAR KSHETRAS IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

Sultanpur - Raghunathji Mandir

Nestled in the snow-bound Himalayas, and comparatively less advanced, this Himachal Pradesh abounds in many hoary Hindu shrines luring devotees throughout the year. Among several temples dedicated to numerous gods, Raghunathji temple situated at Sultanpur in Kullu Valley takes precedence over all the gods put together, it appears. It has an exotic legend. The sthalapurana narrates that Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu Valley committed an unpardonable crime against a Brahmin. To expiate it, he brought Raghunathji idol from Ayodhya and installed it here with special prayer services. In addition, he soulfully embraced Vaishnavism and in token of his transformation, he donated his entire kingdom to Raghunathji and riled it as the vice-regent since then. An exemplary king! A unique tradition!! The traditions and rituals characteristic of their past and place, though differ widely with other parts, particularly the South India, the pure devotion and unwavering steadfast dedication merits highest veneration. It is exemplary. In addition to offering daily worship, they conduct annual fair, like Dasara in an exciting manner that draws lakhs- of people, whose genuine bhakti and unadulterated faith surface them to its fullest extent and wrings veneration to the aliens visiting then. It is rather to be seen and enjoyed than described in prose or verse.

The venue for this gala festival is Raghunathji mandir which lies in the heart of the town as the presiding god is deemed the principal god and chief deity of the entire valley. The -Dasara festival lasts for a week when the entire town pulsates with devotional activities and turns it swargaloka; for, it is on this auspicious occasion local gods of all denominations arrive here in their ceremonial decorations carried on shoulders in palanquin type of vahanas. The gaily dressed people in their thousands following the colorfully decorated gods from several villages congregate at this much-hallowed and widely popular Raghunathji mandir with blowing of trumpets, beating of drums and singing of bhajan songs. And lo! some in their frenzy dance all their way singing and clapping. At this sacrosanct venue -the biggest draw of the whole state, a magnificently beautified colourful tent is pitched up serving as a make-shift mandir for setting up the Raghunathji image. He sits in it resplendent and holds dut-bar attended by numberless local gods. After offering special ritualistic player services, the statue is towed back with same zeal followed by other gods to their respective abodes. This occasion is the most unforgettable one and people await it with unprecedented fervor.

It lies in Kullu town of Himachala Pradesh, accessible by four wheelers.

 

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