The week-long International Kullu Dussehra Festival commenced with traditional fervour at Dhalpur grounds on Friday.

Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated the festival by participating in the Rath Yatra of Lord Raghunath. He was accompanied by Lady Governor Darshana Devi.

The Governor felicitated the people of the valley on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, which symbolises the victory of good 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 that the people of the state deserve appreciation for preserving their rich culture, age-old customs, and traditions in the present era of modernisation which needs to be carried forward for future generations.

Later, the Governor inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations, and other non-government organisations.

He also visited the stalls and appreciated the exhibits.

More than 225 deities from various parts of Kullu district are participating in the festival.

Earlier, the Governor was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival at Bhuntar Airport.