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!!!

 

Akhand Jyoti at your favourite temple

 

 

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A highly auspicious event has taken place at Adhya Shakti Mataji temple, Uxbridge. The Akhand Jyoti, which will burn 24 hours a day for 365 days of the year, has now been lit in front of Mataji.

Any worshipper gains happiness and prosperity by praying in front of the Jyoti. The jyoti enlightens the human mind and enhances concentration.

Japa done in front of Akhand Jyoti is considered a thousand times more effective than that done in front of the usual lamp lit. It represents unshakeable faith in your Isht Deva. In Sukand Puran, it is mentioned that the light from Akhand Jyoti is better than the light emanated from sun, fire and the moon.

Jai Mataji!!!

 

Another spiritually uplifting `Mata Ki Chonki’ event

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Jai Mataji!!!
Yet another grand `Mata Ki Chonki’ function took place at Adhya Shakti Mataji temple today. A beautifully decked small Mataji stole hearts with her radiance. The revered Shastriji Mukundbhai Dave and his recitation of the `Hanuman Chalisa’ enhanced the spiritual vibes in Mataji’s hall. Our regular bhajan singers as well as visiting musicians created a divine mood with carefully chosen bhajans and rythmic drum beats. We also had enthusiastic participation from a very special singer today, Hillingdon Councillor Kuldeepben Lakshmana. The ladies appear to have enjoyed the most by taking part in Dandia and Bhangra dancing with much gusto. The Sunday special aarti definitely spread peace and happiness in the minds and hearts of devotees. The icing on the cake was the delicious Mahaprasad served at the end of the evening.

Unforgettable entertainment!!!

It was a jolly Sunday filled with music, a bit of dancing, mouthwatering eatables and surprise gifts during the musical evening, `Golden Oldies’, organised by Adhya Shakti Mataji temple at Ashoka restaurant in Hounslow.

Popular yesteryear Bollywood actor, Mr Deepak Parasher, was our surprise VIP invitee. The actor who starred in `Nikaah’, Purani Haveli’, `Aap to Aisa Na They’, `Sharaabi’ and ‘Insaaf Ka Tarasu’ delivered a talk about the temple and appealed for donations for upcoming temple renovation work. The audience enjoyed having him around and many were jostling to take snaps with the actor.

Mr Raaj Gambhir and Ms Chaaya took the audience down nostalgia lane by belting out popular duets including `Chura liya hai’ and `Aaj Kal Tere mere pyar ke’. Of course, our regular singer, Mr Buddhev Kansara was in full flow in his attractive kurta for the occasion. Ms Aarti too pitched in with a song. Solo songs, including a mix of religious and romantic ones, were relished by the packed gathering. `Shirdi Waale Sai Baba’ `Baar baar Dekho, Hazaar baar Dekho’, `Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ and `Dum Maro Dam’ were among those which set the stage afire.

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The raffle game was absolute fun and a big hit with the crowd. Numbers of all tickets that were sold for the evening were shuffled and distinguished guests were invited to pick out lucky winners. The fortunate ones got to select among the lovely prizes displayed.

A mood of excitement took hold of the gathering whenever General Secretary, Ms Mamta Nagda, who took charge of the proceedings, goaded one of the distinguished guests to pick up a lucky ticket winner.

Temple Chairman, Mr Jaswant Maicha, appealed for donations for the temple which resulted in a substantial sum being mobilised during the event.  He billed the event, “a huge success.”

Delicacies like the Canapes, Dhokra, Aloo Chat Papadi and Pakoras were relished by the visitors.

Students day out at Mataji temple

It was a unique and unforgettable Wednesday afternoon for students of St Andrews School at Adhya Shakti Mataji temple. They were in Mataji’s presence to gain a bit of exposure to Hindu religion and culture as well as visit the temple.
Temple authorities and volunteers welcomed the group with attractive garlands and offered them sweets. Mataji’s stunning looks and colourful attire did enthrall them for quite some time. Our little guests made very good use of the opportunity provided. They played the Manjira, performed a few basic yoga postures and gleefully took part in garba dancing. Father Steve Hardwicke from St Lawrence Church, Cowley, delivered a talk.
Our regular bhajan singers, Buddhevbhai Kansara and Sumitraben Kansara, sang delightful bhajans for the audience. They were ably supported on the tabla by Shri Bhagwan Chouhan, Councillor for Alperton ward.
Apart from Mr Chouhan, we had another special guest, Shankarji Dahal, who represented the Nepalese community. Temple Chairman Jaswantbhai Maicha and General Secretary Mamtaben Nagda were present on the occasion.
Jai Mataji!!!

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