Mandi: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at the inauguration of a week-long Mahashivratri fair in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, on March 5, 2019. The celebrations date back to 1526 when Mandi was founded during the rule of Ajbar Sen (1499-1534). He had 'invited' all the local deities to mark the founding of the new town. This time, 216 idols of deities from different villages, were invited to participate in the festivity.
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