Mela: A little bit of India in the Texas Hill Country
ave you ever wanted to ride an elephant, have your palm read, shop for Indian handicrafts or taste authentic Indian food? You don’t have to travel to India. You can experience all that and more at the Indian Fair, hosted each spring by Barsana Dham, Austin’s Hindu temple, just outside Dripping Springs on F.M. 1826 (just down the road from the Salt Lick restaurant).
The Mela, or Indian Fair, will take place in May 2008 at the temple grounds.
The fair started as an open house and grew into a major cultural event. Each year, the event draws thousands of visitors.
“It started as a way for the people of Dripping Springs and Driftwood to get to know us,” said Vrinda Devi of Barsana Dham Community Relations.
“It still is an open house, but it’s also a cultural fair that highlights different styles of dance and music from India.”
Enjoy continuous live Indian music and dance performances on an outdoor stage, sample the Indian snacks offered by village-style street vendors, shop at a bazaar stocked full of hard-to-find Indian handicrafts, jewelry, clothing and artwork or have an intricate henna design applied at the mehndi booth.
There will be elephant rides, kite flying, face painting, jugglers, children’s games and prizes and more. You can also relax in the serene environment of the Temple hall and be part of an informative discussion and slide show on the basic teachings of Hindu religion.
For more information and dates on Barsana Dham’s Mela, call (512) 288-7180 or visit the Barsana Dham Web site www.barsanadham.org.
Jugglers, rides and even a “Tall Man” help make Mela at Barsana Dahm a great event for the family.