On the occasion of International Kullu Dussehra Festival, Governor Bandaru Dattatraya called upon the people to make their significant contribution in making cleanliness as well as plastic-free campaign more effective and successful. He was speaking while inaugurating the cultural evening of international Kullu Dussehra festival at Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra at Kullu on Tuesday evening.
The Governor said that the festivals celebrated in the state reveal the religious beliefs of the people. He said that it was a good thing that despite the different geographical conditions, the people of the state were still devoted to their ancient culture, traditions and cultural heritage and these fairs and festivals were an important part of their lifestyle, where the enthusiasm and excitement of public life was reflected.
“As such, the entire Himachal is very beautiful. However, Kullu district is world-renowned for its tempting beauty and valleys and has its unique place in India for its nature and culture”, said Dattatraya. He added that every year lakhs of tourists from the country and abroad visited here and enjoyed the natural beauty. He urged the local residents to protect this beautiful environment and said that although environmental protection was a big challenge for us but human life and its development rests on this.
He said that Dussehra signifies the victory of good over evil and we get to learn the truth, sacrifice, high ideals and service from the life of Lord Rama and there was a need to follow these ideals to make society happy.
Earlier, the Governor also paid obeisance at Lord Raghunath Ji idol placed at Mela ground.
Forest, Transport, Youth Services and Sports Minister Govind Thakur, welcomed the Governor on the occasion and said Dussehra festival was very significant as teachings of Lord Rama were equally important in the present time as well. He appreciated the efforts of Kullu district administration for a better arrangement of the festival. He also honoured the Governor on the occasion.
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Vice Chairman of Kullu Dussehra festival committee Dr. Richa Verma detailed about the activities planned for the festival.
Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court, Kishori Lal Sagar and Sunder Singh Thakur, MLAs, Gaurav Singh, Superintendent of Police and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.