Dussehra Mela at the Hindu Mandir
Hindu Temple of Las Vegas invites the community to a much awaited Annual Dusshera Mela/Carnival on Sunday, October 21st, from 3 pm to 9 pm. Bring the whole family & friends and enjoy some homemade food, indulge in some shopping followed by the burning of Ravana and spectacular fireworks at sunset.
The festival of Dusshera or Vijay Dashmi celebrates the Hindu god Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil – the victory of God Ram over Ravana. In that spirit, your Hindu Mandir is once again celebrating Dusshera with a carnival of Indian food from different regions of India, children activities, ethnic shopping, and burning of effigies of Ravana.
Dussehra is one of the most popular festivals celebrated by Hindus all over the world, albeit with different names. It is also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ meaning ‘victory’ and ‘Dashmi meaning ‘tenth day), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana. It signifies the triumph of good over evil. The legendary triumph is reenacted to the day.
All over India, actors dressed as Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana enact the final moments of the battle. After the enactment of the climax of the war with Ravana, the character playing Rama shoots an arrow with a flaming tip at the huge effigies of Ravana, his giant brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath. It is common to put fireworks and crackers inside the massive effigies.