Indian Fair draws thousands
From delicious homemade Indian sweets to beautiful Indian clothing … from live dance performances to live elephant rides … from artistic henna hand designs to playful face painting — the annual Barsana Dham Mela will be the place for young and old to enjoy an afternoon full of traditional Indian fair flavors, festivities, and fun.
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.
The fair began 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.”
Among the activities, the Barsana Dham Mela features are elephant rides; henna hand art and face painting; children’s game booths; non-stop Indian dances and music performances on the outside stage; an Indian shopping bazaar with everything from jewelry, artwork, clothing, music to crafts from all over India; and a dozen food booths
selling delectable snacks, such as Indian chai, masala dosas, regional snack foods, and a tempting variety of sweets.
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 on Barsana Dham's Mela, call (512) 288-7180 or visit the
Barsana Dham website at