CHICAGO: The monthly general meeting of Indian Seniors of Chicago was held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Manav Seva Mandir with 255 members in attendance.
The program started with prayers and Hanuman Chalisa by members. The program was conducted successfully by Shri Manubhai Shah. After that Mr. CV Desai presented the account of January 2023 and also mentioned the names of the donors. Srimati Jyotika Vyas sang a beautiful bhajan of Sivastuti.
The program was held greeting members whose birthdays fall in the month of February. All the members greeted by singing ‘Bar Baar Din Aye Tum Jeo Hazara Saal’ together. Birthday members were felicitated with birthday cards.
Bipinbhai Shah spoke of Mahashivratri. Mahashivratri is not the birthday of Shiva. Because Shiva is the immortal, omnipotent, benevolent, illusory God. Maha means great, Shiva means welfare. Hence, Mahashivratri is a night to remember the great welfare deeds done by Shiva and the wonderful avatars he took for them.
He gave detailed information about the 19 avatars of Shiva, Halahal Vish leaf, Swayambhu Pragatya in Somnath, Sati’s entry into the fire of Yajna, Veerbhadra avatar and Tandava: Nutya, Daksha Prajapati’s death, establishment of fifty one Shakti Peetha. Shiva’s marriage to Parvati, the daughter of a Himalayan king who was an incarnation of Sati, the birth of Kartikeya and Ganapati, and the slaying of the demon Tarakarasur.
After this a successful Valentine’s Day celebration was conducted by Durgesh Shah in which twelve couples participated. All the couple sang love songs Rajesh Chalan who is a professional singer and entertained the members by singing many movie songs.
Bhanuben Mehta, Pankaj and Bina Mehta, who donated for the lunch, were felicitated with flowers. Professional singer Mr. Rajesh Chalan was felicitated with flowers and the members parted after having a delicious lunch.