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Five-day Renuka Fair ends in Himachal Pradesh

Sirmour (Himachal Pradesh) , Thu, 10 Nov 2011 ANI

Sirmour (Himachal Pradesh), Nov.10 (ANI): The traditional Lord Parshuram-Renuka Fair ended on Thursday in Sirmour district, Himachal Pradesh.


Hundreds of people from different parts of the Sirmour districts participated in a procession where four palanquins were taken to the Lord Parshuram Temple located on the hilltop.


The five-day long Renuka Fair commenced last Saturday and hundreds of villagers from nearby towns and cities thronged it.


This fair begins ten days after Diwali.


"In the month of Kartik, on the 10th day, Lord Pashuram comes to meet his mother once every year. This fair is celebrated every year," said Roop Dutt Kapil, priest of a temple and member of organizing committee.


The fair is also considered a platform for farmers to display their produce.


"In reality, this fair is multi-dimensional. In this fair, the essential needs of the villagers are fulfilled as they get to see different agricultural produce displayed in the fair. They also get an opportunity to see many things and also get information about the policies of their district," said Yogesh Agarwal, a local resident.


The idols of Lord Parshuram are taken from different villages to the Renuka Lake and finally to the temples in the palanquins. Lord Parshuram is believed to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.


This fair commemorates the annual meeting of Lord Parshuram and his mother Renuka.


Traditionally, the fair is held at the place where Lord Parshuram's parents Renuka and Rishi Jamdagani lived.


Natives believe prayers offered during the festival purify their souls and bring prosperity to the village. (ANI)


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