Austin, Texas — Over 6,000 people flocked to Radha Madhav Dham Oct. 18 for the temple’s Diwali celebrations, which featured fireworks, mouthwatering delicacies and raas-garba late into the night.
The family-friendly event had a mela-style setup with face-painting, games, and arts and crafts booths, as well as vendors selling traditional Indian jewelry and clothes.
People gathered around the numerous food stalls to enjoy Indian delicacies like dosa, chana bhatura, pakora and samosa.
The Diwali program started with the singing of Ramayan Chaupais, describing the glories of Lord Ram, followed by a talk by Swami Nikhilanand Ji, who explained the significance of Diwali.
Afterwards, the audience witnessed these stories performed live through leela enactments by devotees. The cultural program ended with a glimpse of the Ram Darbaar, where Shree Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman were seen in all their glory.
One of the highlights of the evening was a spectacular fireworks show, followed by raas-garba in the Maharaas Mandal to music from a live band.
Meanwhile, devotees continued singing and dancing to the tunes of bhajans and naam sankirtan inside the temple, where an altar with idols of Radha and Krishna was decorated with floral rangoli, sparkling lights and diyas.