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Dashain Festival - puja ceremony

Description

This clip documents a morning puja ceremony at the Vedic Sewa Samaj Temple, a Bhutanese-Nepali Hindu temple in Columbus, OH. The recording was produced on the auspicious tenth day of Dashain, a major Nepali festival, which celebrates the victory of the goddess Durga over evil. The sounds of drums, bells, and conch shells loudly punctuate the celebratory ritual. The Vedic Sewa Samaj Temple occupies the relatively sparse second floor of a converted apartment complex community center. The first floor houses the Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus (BNCC), a community center and community-based nonprofit that offers social welfare services for Columbus’s Bhutanese-Nepali community, the largest in the country. The second floor has been used for religious ceremonies since 2015. For the 10-day observance of Dashain in 2016, the temple specially consecrated statues of Durga and Krishna-Radha and also invited a Brahmin priest from Nepal to lead a week-long reading of the Shrimad Bhagavatam, a Hindu sacred text, accompanied by devotional singing and dancing. The festival signals one of the many ways that Bhutanese-Nepali refugees are making a new home for themselves in central Ohio. (Isaac Weiner)

Event
Dashain Festival - puja ceremony
Community
Vedic Sewa Samaj Temple
Location
Vedic Sewa Samaj Temple
City / State
Columbus, OH
Recordist
Isaac Weiner, Bishal Karna
Recorded On
2015-10-22
Religious Tradition
Hindu
Language
Nepali, Sanskrit
Types of Sounds
bells, chanting/reciting, drums, festival, instruments, multiple voices
Types of Space
house of worship, indoors
Research Team
Ohio State
Season
autumn
Day of Week
Thursday
Time of Day
morning
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A conch shell is blown during a puja ceremony on the auspicious tenth day of Dashain, a Nepali festival, at the Vedic Sewa Samaj Temple. Photo by Lauren Pond.
Dashain Festival - puja ceremony
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