Ram Mandir Tableau to Highlight India Day Parade in New York

The 42nd Annual India Day Parade in New York City will be a vibrant celebration of Indian culture and independence, with a special focus on the newly inaugurated Ayodhya Ram Mandir. The parade, organized by the Federation of Indian Associations NY-NJ-CT-NE (FIA), will take place on August 18th and will feature a grand tableau depicting the Ram Mandir, measuring 18 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 8 feet tall. This prominent display will serve as a powerful symbol of cultural significance and a testament to a historic moment for the global Indian community.

Renowned Indian actor Pankaj Tripathi has been chosen as the Guest of Honour for the parade, which will wind its way through New York City’s popular Madison Avenue. Thousands of members of the Indian diaspora are expected to attend, immersing themselves in the colorful atmosphere filled with the sounds of Indian patriotic and popular songs.

The parade, a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage and traditions, will showcase the vibrant colors of the Indian tricolour as it weaves through the city streets. Consul General of India in New York, Binaya Pradhan, highlighted the history of the parade and assured the consulate’s full support in showcasing India’s rich culture to New York and the United States.

FIA President Dr Avinash Gupta emphasized the unique resonance of the parade’s theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one family). The event on Monday showcased a video unveiling the design and construction of the Ram Mandir float, which will be the parade’s centerpiece. Representatives from the Vishva Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), and Siddhivinayak Temple jointly unveiled a miniature replica of the Ram Mandir float, emphasizing its significance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya in January this year, marking a pivotal moment in Indian history. FIA Chairman Ankur Vaidya highlighted the organization’s history and activities, calling upon community members to collaborate to ensure the parade’s success in showcasing India’s rich culture not only to the Indian diaspora but also to communities across New York and the tri-state area.

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