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Saturday, October 17, 2009

‘Festival of Lights’ at JKP Barsana Dham

Festival of Lights at Barsana Dham Ashram
(Published: October 16, 2009 10:21 am in the San Marcos Record)

Saturday, October 17, 2009
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj's Ashram

(Above: Barsana Dham, the US Ashram and Temple founded
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj)

Driftwood — Barsana Dham opens its doors to the community Saturday for the annual ‘Festival of Lights’ celebration called Divali.

On Saturday Barsana Dham welcomes everyone to enjoy this festive Hindu occasion.

The evening begins with a vegetarian meal served at 6 p.m. Temple tours will be offered at 6 and 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m the temple program will begin and features the “lighting the light” ceremony where State representatives and prominent community leaders will take part.

The evening continues with traditional songs and a multimedia presentation of Barsana Dham’s founder [Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj] which will be narrated by Prabhakari Devi, a teacher of Barsana Dham.

The program will then move outside for a fireworks display at 9 p.m., followed by a live band playing Indian songs for a group Indian-style square dance.

Thousands of multicolor twinkling lights covering the grounds, pools, fountains, and Temple create a festive atmosphere, and stalls of chai (Indian spiced tea), sweets and snacks will be available throughout the evening. The Driftwood Volunteer Fire Department will also be on hand for demonstrations.

There is no charge for the program. Barsana Dham is located at 400 Barsana Rd near Dripping Springs. For directions visit: www.BarsanaDham.org

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