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Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh – 40-day Festival begins on Vasant Panchami

Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh begins on the Vasant Panchami day. In 2018, the festival begins on January 22 and will conclude on the Holi festival day on March 2, 2018. The festival in Kullu is associated with the RaghunathTemple. The murti worshipped in the temple – Sri Ram – is brought out on a chariot. People apply colors on the murti of Sri Ram and his brother Bharath.

The 40-day festival is in commemoration of the bringing of the murti of Sri Ram from Ayodhya in 1660 AD. The murti is installed at the famous RaghunathTemple at Sultanpur in Kullu.

The murti of Sri Ram will be bathed in colors for 40 days. The festival will culminate on the Holi day.

Mahut God – A Story by Sri Ramakrishna

In a forest, there lived a holy man who had many disciples. One day he taught them to see God in all beings and, knowing this, to bow low before them all. A disciple went to the forest to gather wood for the sacrificial fire. Suddenly he heard an outcry: ‘Get out of the way! A mad elephant is coming!’ All but the disciple of the holy man took to their heels. He reasoned that the elephant was also God in another form. Then why should he run away from it? He stood still, bowed before the animal, and began to sing its praises. The mahut of the elephant was shouting: ‘Run away! Run away!’ But the disciple didn’t move. The animal seized him with its trunk, cast him to one side, and went on its way. Hurt and bruised, the disciple lay unconscious on the ground. Hearing what had happened, his teacher and his brother disciples came to him and carried him to the hermitage. With the help of some medicine he soon regained consciousness. Someone asked him, ‘You knew the elephant was coming—why didn…