Sprightly celebrations mark Mataji temple b’day & Sharad Purnima

Jai Mataji!!! Your favourite temple’s 7th birthday and `Sharad Purnima’ celebrations were observed in a spirited as well as spiritually enriching atmosphere on Wednesday night inside our premises.

Ambe Maa was the cynosure of all eyes and looked angelic in her dazzling saree.

A poignant moment was the installation of a framed photo of late Mrs Gulaben Ganji Maicha, who sowed the seeds for the `Navratri Garba’ charity. This had been a long-felt desire of her daughter and our temple Trustee, Shardaben Lodhia (also the sibling of our Chairman Jaswantbhai Lodhia).

This charity which runs the temple, organised the the nine-day Navratri festival at Mrs Gulaben Maicha’s residence in Southall, which had crowds flocking to take part in the festivities and pray. Forty-eight years down the line, the tradition is continued by the next generation with the Navratri fest taking place inside your temple premises on Cowley Road for the last 6 years. A huge cake was ordered for the occasion.

With most devotees clad in white, the get-together felt like a meeting of angels.

The VIP invitees were Chief Inspector Mr Rob Wilson, Chief Commander Mr Nick Downing, Sargeant PC Mr Hines, PC Mr Fowles and PC Mr Nooruddin. They had a ball of a time taking part in Dandia Raas after learning to handle the Dandia sticks.

They were taking part on the most exciting day of dance at the temple as the regular annual competition for the event was on in full swing. The cops  were later felicitated by temple authorities.

Prizes were distributed to the winners of the Dandia competition, a cut-throat competition every year among all the devotees, the ladies particularly!

The backbone of all our events, our regular singers and musicians, were also recognised for their contribution. Volunteers, who are a vital part of the temple’s functioning throughout the year, were also honoured.

Jai Maa Ambe!!!

Grand Durga Ashtami havan performed



Today being the 8th day of Navratri,  the powerful Durga Ashtami havan was performed at Adhyashakti Mataji temple. The havan  began at 10 a.m. inside the temple compound.

Intense pujas and recitation of slokas were performed by our dharmakata Rajnibhai Dixit and priest Sukumarji in front of a mini-Mataji statue, specially decked up for the havan. Chairman Jaswantbhai Maicha, attired in his special puja robe, provided all assistance.

The Main yajman for the Chandipath havan was Mahendrabhai Ghosai. The second yajman was Manishaben Bosamia.

The havan was followed by Faria Mahaprasad at 12.30 p.m. The lunch consisted of fasting food prepared deliciously by our star chef Subhash Ganatra and team.

Devotees, who had come in large numbers, relished the Farari Chevdo, potato curry, raw banana curry and Shrikand.

The haavan continued and concluded with Maha Aarti at 3 p.m.

Jai Maa Durga!!!

Flair & colour marks 6th Navratri night


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The sixth night of Navratri was marked by energetic dancing and singing at Adhyashakti Mataji temple on Tuesday.

The night was dedicated to the worship of Goddess Kathyayini, an embodiment of Goddess Durga.  This avatar is depicted as seated on a lion, has three eyes and four hands.

And now back to the dancing bit..,iust when we were wondering about the poor participation of men in Dandiya Raas the last few days, they made their presence with a bang tonight taking part in a good number and with loads of enthusiasm. The energetic participation of the stick-wielding ladies too created a very vibrant atmosphere inside the main hall.

Decked in gorgeous, mirror-pocked sarees and embroidered cholis, the ladies managed a delightful, synchronised performance during the Garba dancing.  The presence of such high energy levels after day-long fasting by most devotees is truly incredible.

Though repetitions are tedious, this compliment needs to be mentioned again: our temple regular singers and musicians  – Sumitraben Kansara, Buddhevbhai Kansara, Pareshbhai Lodhai, Manubhai Kotak – managed yet another sterling performance, contributing hugely to the success of the dancers. They were wonderfully assisted by Vishalbhai on the dhol, Rekhaben and Shaileshbhai. As has been the practice during each Navrtri, Accordion player Rajbhai enthralls us with his excellent play.

Tonight’s sponsors were Shashibhai and Hasuben Sohelia.

Worship of Maa Kathyayini is supposed to drive away all troubles and sufferings of devotees.  Here’s wishing away goodbye to all your troubles.

Jai Maa Ambe!!!