‘Darshana’ enlightens community to Hindu culture

Staff Reports

More than 130 people, including several local officials, educators and faith leaders were among those who last weekend attended “Darshana: A Glimpse into Hindu Civilization” at The Commons in Columbus. The event offered attendees the opportunity to learn about Hindu belief systems, practices and festivals.

Per Hindu tradition, the event started with a small inauguration ceremony by lighting of a lamp – symbolic of spreading knowledge and enlightenment — and a short prayer to Lord Ganesha, according to event organizer Nikhil Ajotikar. He said the traveling exhibit will go to multiple cities and towns around Indiana this year.

The exhibit includes 24 posters regarding various aspects of Hindu Dharma such as tradition, divinity, spirituality, temples and service. The posters also show various aspects of Hindu culture in arts, symbols, festivals and rituals, as well as its contribution to mathematics, medicine, astronomy, science and technology.

The event also featured exhibits of Indian musical instruments, paintings, arts and crafts, calligraphy, heena and more.

Chief guests at the event included Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Bartholomew County School Corporation Superintendent Jim Roberts and Chief of Police Michael Richardson.