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!!!