Vedic Cultural Center Hosts 4th Annual Ananda Mela
REDMOND, United States: Over the July 27-28 weekend, over 15,000 people visited the City Hall campus here to attend the fourth Ananda Mela, whose chief attraction was a 20-foot long model of the river Ganga, tracing its course from its Himalayan origin through the plains of northern India into the Bay of Bengal.
Organized by the Vedic Cultural Center of Sammamish, Wash., the Ananda Mela is one of the largest festivals of Indian art and culture in the Pacific Northwest. Nearly 400 Indian American and other volunteers worked during the festival, and around 100 volunteers were involved in planning and pre-festival preparation, according to a press release.
The display on Jagdish Chandra Bose, the renowned Indian scientist, was informative, as were the displays on Indian mathematics and philosophy.
Food booths offered a variety of tasty preparations, including veggie manchurian, chole bhature, pani puri and other chaat items, pongal-sambhar, pakoras, mango lassi and Bengali sweets, and vendor booths tempted festival-goers with attractive dress and jewelry items.