Shimla : The week-long popular Kullu Dussehra festival concluded on Monday with great fanfare and enthusiasm. More than 281 deities from various parts of the Kullu valley took part in this cultural extravaganza.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, while presiding over the concluding ceremony held at Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra, Kullu announced to increase the nazrana (honorarium) of local deities participating in Kullu Dussehra festival by five per cent.
He also announced increase of 25 per cent in distance allowance (Duri Bhatta) given to the deities.15 percent increase in remuneration of Bajantaris, who accompany the local deities to the festival besides increasing the amount for celebrating Haripur and Manikaran Dussehra from Rs 75,000 to Rs one lakh and for Vashisht Dussehra festival from existing Rs 50,000 to Rs. 75,000. He said that the ‘Gur’ (Oracle) of the Deities would be provided separate amount of Rs 1000.