Kullu, the Valley of the Gods, is one of the most picturesque places in India. Kullu is known for its magnificent gorges, marvelous waterfalls, chatty mountain stream, and ancient temples, and the valley is also known for its larger-than-life grand Dussehra celebrations. It is a beautiful mix of culture, history and rich rituals.Also Read – Luxury Cordelia Cruise Ship With Domestic Tourists Reaches Kochi | Exclusive video

It is a weeklong festival celebrated in a majestic style which signifies the victory of good over evil. However, this time around, COVID is pausing on Lord Raghunath’s chariot. Like most festivals in 2020, Kullu’s Dussehra has also been hit by the pandemic, the fear of COVID-19 is poised to eclipse Himachal Pradesh celebrations. Each year, Kullu Dussehra celebrations started at Vijaya Dashmi and lasted for seven days in October. Also Read – United States lifts Covid-19 travel ban for fully vaccinated foreign nationals from November | Explain

In line with COVID guidelines, the district administration severely restricted the participation of deities as well as devotees who accompany them at the week-long festival starting October 25 in the town of Kullu, reported Statesman. Also Read – Indians Head To Offbeat Destinations To Beat Blues Pandemic

Each year, over 300 deities gather with more than thousands of devotees on the Kullu grounds in Dhalpur to honor Lord Raghunath, but this year the scenario will be different. This year the administration only allowed seven deities to participate in ‘Dev Milan’ at the Kullu Dussehra festival this year, the Statesman report reads, only 50 people were allowed to accompany the deities’ palanquins, which will need to get their COVID test done first.

“Only the deities, whose presence is mandatory to perform the rituals of the festival, were invited this time due to Covid,” according to officials. Local deities Bijli Mahadev and Mata Hidimba were invited to the festival, among others.

“It was decided in a meeting with representatives of ‘Dev Samaj’ that only seven deities will attend Dussehra. There would be no cultural performances and no commercial activities or exhibitions during the festival, ”said Govind Singh Thakur, Minister of Education who also heads the Kullu Dussehra festival committee and is a Member of Parliament for Manali.

Kullu deputy commissioner Richa Verma told TOI that cultural programs, including the International Folk Dance Festival, have been canceled. “None of the gods have been officially invited. Following government orders, only 100 people will be allowed to participate in the rath yatra. All will have to undergo a Covid-19 test and will have to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing. “

This government decision has left many residents, tourists, and faithful disappointed.