True Story: My wife answered the phone at Gita-nagari last week and one Indian man was speaking very excitedly about the notice posted at his place of employment. He said, “Is it true that you are burning Ravana?” My wife replied yes and started telling him about the whole festival. He interrupted and said that he was very offended. He was from South India and explained that in his community, Ravana was god and thought that we were very offensive to burn his worshippable deity. After a few more angry words and empty threats, he hung up.
The above is from the Chakra article submitted by Acarya Prabhu from Gita Nagari. Actually, it is the entire article. He has a very dry sense of humor and I miss him and his family very much. They are the root source of my home canning inspiration.
Last year we had a very dangerous Dussera celebration at Gita Nagari. If you want to read about it, click here. This year’s festival should be far less dangerous, though just as flammable. I think the crowd will be more than just 30 feet back from the shooting rockets, which I know Acarya will not give up, despite the liability of it all.
To fully appreciate his pyrotechnics you really need to know him as the brahmana that he is. The kind who gives a pakka class in a “Who’s Your Daddy?” tee shirt.