Local traditions and culture in State of Himachal Pradesh

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    Kullu Dusserha

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jul 16, 2006

    It is world over fampous for it’s Dussehra festival.When dussehra celebrations come to an end in the rest of country, it begins at Kullu. Over 300 local deities come to pay homage to Lord Ragunathji and this festival is marked by singing,dancing and festivity.This is a time when the valley is at its colourful best.

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    Minjar fair Chamba Julay-Augast

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Mar 22, 2006

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    Come Monsoon, the people of Himachal Pradesh, especially of Chamba surroundings, wait for Minjar very eagerly. Originally this traditional fair was linked with the maize crop for which people of Chamba area use to worship for better crop but today Minjar Fair has assumed cultural and historical importance and got status of National Fair in which a glimpse of rich cultural heritage could be seen. There are various beliefs regarding the origin of the festival. Some believe that it is celebrated to worship Varuna, the God of water. According to a legend, in the 10th century, the river Ravi flowed through Chamba town and the Champawati temple stood on the right bank of the river and the Hari Rai temple on its left. At that time, a saint lived in the Champawati temple who used to swim across the river every morning to perform worship at the Hari Rai temple. The Raja and the inhabitants of Chamba asked the saint to make arrangements to enable everyone visit the sacred Hari Rai temple. The saint told the Raja and his subjects to assemble at the Champawati temple. With the assistance of some Brahmins from Banaras, he arranged a yajna for seven days. The Brahmins prepared a cord of seven different colours and named it Minjar. When the Yajna was completed, the river changed its course and everyone was able to visit the Hari Rai temple. According to another legend, an old woman wanted to meet the king of Chamba to pay her regards. The old lady was too poor to offer anything to greet the king. So she took maize flowers called 'Minjar' in local dialect with her. The king was very pleased at the affection shown to him by the old lady. He ordered the day to be celebrated in the form of 'Minjar Fair'. Minjar fair starts on the last Sunday of July. The highlights of the week long Minjar Fair is cultural programme by the cultural troupes from within and outside States, sports in which team of repute participate even from neighboring states. The various departments and organizations put up exhibition stalls.

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    Ask before taking pictures

    by shobhanaj Written Aug 29, 2004

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    The locals don't mind being photographed. In fact if you lift your camera, they will all stand very still and wait for you to finish. So although it seems like there is no need to ask, a smile and asking them for permission opens them up to you.

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