Traditional week-long Kullu Dussehra began on Friday with rath yatra of Lord Raghunath at Dhalpur Dussehra ground in Himachal Pradesh. More than 200 palanquins of deities, along with thousands of followers are taking part in the festival. The entire Kullu valley will be echoing with the divine music of drums and trumpets for seven days and all the deities will camp in Kullu till October 21. Himachal-Pradesh governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar inaugurated the Dussehra festivity by lighting the diyas. A huge crowd of devotees, including tourists, thronged Kullu to witness this centuries old cultural and religious festival. Kullu Dussehra was declared an international festival in 1972.