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Pori festival

Pori is a remarkable festival, which is celebrated in a traditional way at Trilokinath Temple in Lahaul Valley. The image of the presiding deity is bathed with milk and yogurt on this day. The functions starts at 10:00 hrs and a substantial number of devotees are assembled here to beat drums and blow conch shells and bugles.

The main attraction of the festival is a horse, which is taken around the temple. There is a belief that god is seated on its back, and this is why the horse is drenched in sweat after the ritual. After this, the horse followed by the devotees lead to the palace of a local ruler, where the horse is given a warm welcome. Then the local ruler rides on its back and visits the fair ground, which houses numerous small shops.

A unique feature of this festival is butter lamp, which burns all day and night within the temple. The devotees add more butter to it and accept the ritual Prasad of multi-colored scraps of cloth with great respect.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Lahaul and Spiti
Location: Keylong    


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