Mela: A lit­tle bit of In­dia in the Texas Hill Coun­try

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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.

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Jug­glers, rides and even a “Tall Man” help make Mela at Barsana Dahm a great event for the fam­ily.

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