Thousands throng to Hare Krishna temple in Washington

Thousands of people clad in colorful Indian attire thronged to the Hare Krishna Temple in the Washington area on a picture-perfect day in early Fall to celebrate “Dussehra,” a Hindu festival signifying the triumph of good over evil.

The event is now in its 36th year at the temple, also known as ISKCON of DC, and draws some 3,000 people, making it the third largest celebration following “Holi,” the festival of colors (4,000) and “Janmashtami,” the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna (5,000).

“Today we are celebrating Dussehra which is the day when Lord Ram rescues his wife Sita and kills the demon, Ravana,” Ananda Devi, President of the Hare Krishna Temple, said. “It’s a great part of our Hindu, Vaishnava tradition to celebrate this festival symbolizing that good always win. If you do the right thing and if you really care about people, then good will always triumph over evil.”

On a deeper level, she told us, “It is a time to remember our connection with God. The idea is that when we spend time nurturing our spiritual relationship with Krishna, we get a deeper sense of happiness in life. This festival is all about awakening our pure, spiritual love for Krishna and for each other.”

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