Jalaram Mandir presents dazzling Garba-Raas

JALA-DEVOTEESCHICAGO: Shree Jalaram Mandir, located in Hoffman Estate near Chicago, organized ‘Raas Garba Ramzat’ on eve of Navratri Celebration with International Artist Mayuri Patel and Group on Friday, October 18 from 8 pm to well past mid night at Harper College, in Palatine.

The venue was overcrowded and those present danced and enjoyed Raas Garba with enthusiasm and fervor. The crowd was more than 2000 strong and many had to return without enjoying participation due to capacity limitations. This annual holy event is celebrated in honor of Goddess Durga.

Many in the audience, especially ladies and children wore very colorful and dazzling traditional dresses for this special occasion with appropriately matching ornaments and hairstyles. Some preferred to wear traditional outfit while others went for a modern look.

Mayuri Patel and Group started the program by offering a prayer. This was followed by mesmerizing rhythmic conventional Garba music accompanied by traditional swirling dance around Mataji’s shrine adorned with flowers and decorations. After the brief break and Aarti, the festive music of Dandiya-Raas commenced with enthusiastic participation by audience which lasted till early hours of the morning.

The good planning and durable work of the Board of Trustees and executive committee members and volunteers was evidenced by excellent security safety and parking arrangements. With Divine blessing from Jalarambapa and Mataji combined with devotional hard work and enthusiastic support and participation by the community, the event was a grand success.

Regular activities at the temple include Bhajans every Thursday, first and third Sunday, Sundarkand path every Saturday, Abhishek on Mondays and on Ekadashi, group Satyanarayan Katha, Jalaram Jayanti, lectures of saints from India and celebrations of all religious events. Educationally, the activities include yoga classes, music teaching, Gujarati classes and religious classes.

Yogesh Thakkar

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