Kullu Dussehra itself, dates back to the 17th century when the local King Jaganand installed an idol of Raghunath (Lord Rama) on his throne as an act of penance, after which the Raghunath idol came to be known as the ruling deity of the valley.
Dussehra is a week long celebration in Kullu, which normally starts on Vijaydashmi, (in the month of October) the day Dussehra come to an end in the rest of the country. This is the time when valley could be seen in its best form with colorful attire of the people, who have come across all over the valley.
Dussehra celebrations in Kullu are world famous as more than two hundred deities are believed to meet for the unusual Dussehra celebration which begin on Vijayadashami itself and the celebrations continue for seven days.
On the last day of the festival the chariot of Lord Raghunath is taken near the bank of the river Beas, where a pile of wood and grass is set on fire symbolizing the burning of Lanka.