Spiritual ecstasy at Mataji temple

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The third night of Navratri 2014 at Adhyashakti Mataji temple turned out to be a cherishable one truly. A jam-packed hall, very special guests and competitive Dandia and Garba dancing marked the celebrations.

Our Chief guest, Councillor Mr Roy Chamdal, who sits on Hillingdon Council’s Planning and Licencing Committee, enlivened the night with a lively talk which went down very well with the audience. He was accompanied by his wife Mrs Rita Chamdal who took part in the aarti ritual, Garba dance and Dandia with much enthusiasm.

The VIPs were honoured by Temple General Secretary Mamtaben Nagda and Trustee Shardaben Lodhia while Chairman Jaswantbhai Maicha introduced the couple to the audience.

The festival, held to mark the triumph of good over evil, is observed by fasting throughout the Navratri period by most devotees. This is the 48th year our `Navratri Garba’ charity is organising Navratri celebrations and the 6th consecutive one at this relocated venue. Each night is dedicated to one particular form of the Goddess. The third night was dedicated to Chandraghanta form, a  symbolic representation of beauty and bravery.

The weekend witnessed huge participation from Mataji’s devotees for the get-together. It goes without saying that our regular singers and musicians (including the irrepressible Rekhaben) were in roaring form throughout and kept the dancers on their toes.

Tonight’s sponsors were Trilockbhai Domah and Chandanee ben Domah.

The religious fervour generated all around, enthusiastic dancing by the devotees and soul-uplifting bhajans made it a remarkable spiritual experience for all visitors.

Jai Mataji!!!

Rollicking start marks Navratri 2014

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The hugely auspicious Navratri Garba (nine-night festival) 2014 got off to a high-spirited start inside the Adhya Shakti Mataji temple at Uxbridge in Greater London on Thursday.

This is the sixth successive Navratri celebration taking place in this relocated venue at Cowley Road.

First things first! Goddess Ambe Mataji was looking super gorgeous in a lovely green saree. Her face radiated peace and had an extra deligtful look. Those lucky to be in Her presence during the opening night of this grand function can feel truly blessed. Devotees, particularly the ladies, came in their traditional best attire, creating a wonderful festive atmosphere inside the main hall.

The central theme of the festival is the triumph of good over evil. Navratri Garba is dedicated to Goddess Durga, revered as the Mother Goddess. Her nine appellations – Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraganta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayini, Kaal Raatri, Mahagowri and Siddidhatri – are celebrated on each of the nights.

Our regular singers and musicians, Buddhdevbhai Kansara, Sumitraben Kansara and Pareshbhai Lodhia were in sterling form throughout with their lovely bhajans and instrumental play.  Shaileshbhai joined the musical party while Drupenbhai Patel seemed to have got a hang of the drums this year.

Ladies of all ages and a few young men took part enthusiastically in the Dandiya Raas.  Rekhaben with her characteristic enthusiasm and lovely, booming, voice ensured no one relaxed during the rythmic Garba dance.

And when the special Navratri aarti took place, you could be sure everyone around experienced the enhanced spiritual mood prevalent all evening.

Jai Maa Ambe!!!