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The Story of Kullu Dussehra – Kullu Dasara Katha

The Dussehra celebrations in the Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh begin on the Vijayadasami day or when the Dasara festivities end in other parts of India and the world. There is a famous story on why the Kullu Dussehra begins on Vijaya Dashami. Kullu Dussehra 2018 begins on October 18.
Raja Jagat Singh who ruled the Kullu valley during the seventeenth century once went on a pilgrimage to Manikaran. Here he was told by a person that a man in his kingdom named Durga Dutt had a collection fine gems and pearls. The king immediately sent his soldiers to Durga Dutt asking if he is interested in selling some of the gems.
But the pious Dutt had no pearls or gems. The soldiers who were sent by the king were not ready to believe Dutt and started beating him. Dutt, in order to escape the torture, said that he will sell the gems when the king returns back from his pilgrimage.
When the king returned, he along with the soldiers went to Durga Dutt asking for the gems. Durga Dutt locked himself and…

Papankusa Ekadasi – Aswhin Shukla Paksha Ekadashi

Papankusa Ekadasi is observed during waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Ashwin month (September – October). The corresponding month in Tamil Calendar is Puratassi. Papankusa Ekadasi 2016 is on October 12 This Ekdashi is also known as Pasankusa Ekadasi.

Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Ananta Padmanabha is worshipped on Papankusa Ekadasi. A person who observes this Ekadashi gets his/her wishes fulfilled and attains Moksha.

The greatness of this Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is mentioned in the Brahmavaivarta Purana.

People help the needy and perform charity on the day.

All the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting are followed on the day. Some people opt for partial fasting and skip the all night vigil.