In­dian Fair draws thou­sands

Guide to Dripping Springs - - 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

www.isdl.org.

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