Sundernagar: A five-day long Navratri fair in which hill gods from around Mandi District amass to shower their blessings on people has begun here.
The Navratri fair, according to Sundernagar SDM-cum-chairman of the mela committee, will see about 150 hill gods assembled in one place.
The fair was commenced following a colorful procession (marking the opening ceremony) led by chief guest, MLA Sohan Lal Thakur, from the local PWD rest house to the community hall in Jawahar Park.
The chief guest then performed a puja of Bada Deo (Dev Kamarunag) and the main deity of Sundernagar (Dev Mahung) and called the fair open for all.
Speaking to the gathering Sohan Lal Thakur said, “the government was committed to provide all facilities needed (regarding their stay) to all contingents accompanying the hill gods from all parts of the district, in order to promote cultural heritage in the state.”
Almost 150 deities have been brought here for the Navratri fair from different parts of Sundernagar (old Suket estate) and Mandi.
While the Dev Mahunag has been brought, by travelling over a distance of 100km, from the interiors of Karsog, the Dev Badayogi comes from Tatapani region of Karsog.
This year the Sundernagar Navratri fair is made special with the attendance of deities of Lord Shiva brought from the interiors of Mandi district. These deities are attending the fair after a period of about six years.