Chief Minister PK Dhumal today inaugurated the week-long traditional international Renuka Fair here by offering prayers before the palanquin of the presiding deity, Lord Parshu Ram, at Dadahu. Afterwards, he led the procession by carrying the pious palanquin of Lord Parshu Ram towards Renuka.
Every year on the occasion of “devprobodhini ekadashi”, the traditional Renuka fair is organised on the banks of the Renuka lake where lakhs of devotees from across the country pay a visit.
As per the tradition, the palanquin of Lord Parshurama is brought to Renuka from the ancient temple in Jamu Koti village and it departs after performing religious ceremonies, including a holy dip in the lake.
Since the past two years, the enforcement of the model code of conduct has deterred the Chief Minister from making crucial announcements in the fair.
Chief Minister was accompanied by Dr Rajiv Bindal, former Health Minister; Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Chief Parliamentary Secretary; Hirda Ram, MLA, Renuka; Chander Mohan Thakur, Chairman, HP State Cooperative Bank; Baldev Tomar, president, BJP, Sirmaur district; other prominent residents of the area and senior party functionaries.
Later, Dhumal also visited the temple of Mata Renuka and Lord Parshu Ram to pay obeisance.
He also evinced keen interest in exhibition stalls put up by various organisations at the fair.