Hindu Jain temple Will Burn a Demon Effigy to Celebrate Dussehra

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Artist Mahendra Shah paints a 10-headed Raven figure for the annual Dussehra celebration
PITTSBURGH---Dussehra, a joyous festival in the Hindu calendar, will be celebrated Sunday with the burning of a 15-foot-tall effigy of the demon king Ravan at the Hindu Jain Temple in Monroeville. The pyrotechnical destruction of the fireworks-strapped figure represents the triumph of good over evil. “All of the Hindu community comes here to celebrate,” said temple president Hitesh Mehta. The public also is invited to share in the experience, which will include Indian food. Those planning to do so should make a reservation at 724-325-2054 or hindujaintemple.org. [More]

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