If you meandered in downtown Grand Rapids, MI last Saturday morning, thinking you’d get a quiet cup of coffee someplace, you were in for a big surprise.
Instead you would have encountered a kaleidoscope of color, music, dancing, drumming and happy spirits as the members of a Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal of North America conference took to the streets with a Granth Dindi.
Wow. It made my heart sing.
I love all things India and this Hindu celebration honoring the religious and literary figures from the Indian state of Maharashtra was pretty cool. It’s not only a first for GR, but it may be the first Granth Dindi held in all of the United States.
If it weren’t for the signs indicating The Chop House or a backdrop of the Amway Grand Plaza, I could have thought I was back in Delhi where I kicked off a two week photography tour last March. Instead Monroe Avenue was filled with Hindus from all over the world. You will find several blog posts about that India trip on this site and more to come.
Typically Western Michigan festivals revolve around wooden shoes (Tulip Festival in Holland) or beer since we are frequently named the beer capital of the world. We’re also known for ArtPrize, the multi-week art extravaganza held every September.
This celebration of several thousand people was part of the Granth Dindi, a happy event enjoyed for more than 700 years in India.
Here are some images of what you might have seen if you were downtown in Grand Rapids as the city came to life on Saturday morning.
People from all over the world
Colorful Decor and Inspiring Messages
The Basket of Books being celebrated
Lots of picture taking with all kinds of cameras including a Drone
Wonderful People Watching Opportunities.