Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple celebrated Dussehra Mela
Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple celebrated Dussehra Mela on October 12, 2019, at 492 Harmony Grove Road, Lilburn, Georgia.
The Vedic Temple's famous Dussehra Celebration was festive and featured a huge Ravan effigy burning. A 60-foot-tall effigy of Ravana was burnt by the temple volunteers. The effigies of big Ravan and small Ravan which is made by the kids were burnt alongside a 60-foot-tall Ravana effigy.It was a large turnout and huge crowd on Saturday evening.
The Dussehra celebration on Vijaya Dashami day is aimed at fostering amity between different communities in Atlanta and to mark the triumph of good over evil. There was an explanation of how to burn the inner bad qualities in our heads—Avidya (Ignorance, False Knowledge), Asmita (Ignoring the soul), Raaga (Attachment to things), Dvesha (Hatred), Abhinivesha (Feeling to live forever), Kam (Overindulging on sensual gratification), Krodh (Anger), Lobh (Greed), Moh (Obsession), Ahankara (Ego, Self satisfaction)—and replace the bad qualities with nurturing strengths such as Courage, Persistence, Integrity, Modesty, Self regulation, Love, Kindness, Hope, Forgiveness, and Wisdom.
Little Ravana is peeking over the men's shoulders on the right, beside the huge Ravana.
The festival had Food Stalls (Veg Desi, including dosa), Mehendi and Face Painting, Family Photoshoots back drop, Music, Song and Dance Performances, a Ramayana Skit, a Raffle Drawing, and for the mega event, the Unique Cultural Experience Featuring a Giant Man-Made Ravan Effigy and its burning at sunset!
People at the Dussehra celebration, in front of the burning Ravanas.
1) People gathering as a drum is beaten with a curved stick
2) Group dancing
3) Burning the huge Ravana.
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