Triumph of good over evil
Atlanta Vedic Temple
An irrepressibly enthusiastic crowd of over 450 people burst
into cheers on Oct. 11, at the grounds of Greater Atlanta Vedic
Temple, when the imposingly erected 12' gigantic effigy of
Raavan, the demon king of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was consumed in
flames. There was a deafening sound produced by the outburst of
firecrackers to signal
triumph of righteousness over evil. The
weather gods did not spoil the grand event indicating the
presence of divine blessings. The ashes spectacularly rose into
the sky, to show to the world at large, that the evil has been
vanquished and righteousness re-established.
Before the start of celebration Dr. Chandora narrated the
age-old and time-honored legend behind the Dushehara
festivities. According to the legend, several million years ago,
the Divine Incarnate Lord Rama waged a ten-day war against the
evil-minded Raavan, the king of demons, who had been harassing
the godly Rishis and abducted Sita Devi the consort of Shri.
Rama. On the 10th day of the war Rama, with support from his
brother Lakshman and an army of apes killed Raavan and his
brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnad. This triumph of good over
evil has since been celebrated every year as Dushehara or
Vijayadashmi. Coincidentally, this day also marks the start of
new cultivation for farmers in India. Businessmen set aside this
day for the auspicious start of their new accounting system.
After rejoicing over the victory of righteousness, the crowd
adjourned to the temple's prayer hall, to listen to an
internationally renowned scholar Dr. Hariharan who spoke on the
subject of "Relief of stresses and sicknesses thru the powers of
melodious Indian music". Dr. Hariharan, is an authority on the
and had done his doctoral research, on the beneficial
effects of Indian music not only on humans, but also on animals
Towards the end of the program, the crowd settled to enjoy the
sumptuous feast. While retiring home, the parents had to face a
barrage of questions from children on the unscrupulous and
wicked Raavan and the personification of godliness, Shri.
Ramchandra. Parents understood the eagerness of their children
to learn more about our ancient wisdom.
This Dushera Celebrarion at Atlanta Vedic Temple was measure by
any yardstick, a grand success. It would not have been possible,
but for the great organizational skills of the well-known artist
Vinod Sharma and the tireless efforts of all the volunteers.