Kullu: The week-long international Kullu Dussehra festival commenced with traditional fervor at Dhalpur ground today. Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated the festival by participating in the Rathyatra of Lord Raghunath.

The Governor felicitated the people of the valley on the auspicious occasion, which symbolizes victory of the truth over evil. He said that the culture of Himachal Pradesh was unique and had a distinct identity. The fairs and festivals celebrated here round the year provide a glimpse of rich traditions and beliefs of the people, he added.

He said the people of the state deserve appreciation for preserving their rich culture, age-old customs and traditions in the present era of modernization, which needs to be carried for future generations.

Later, the Governor inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations and other non-government organizations. He also visited the stalls and appreciated the exhibits.

About 260 deities from various parts of Kullu district are participating in this festival.

Earlier, the Governor was accorded warm welcome on his arrival at Bhuntar Airport. He also visited Naggar Castle and appreciated the old architect of Himalayan region.