Navratri Festival 2015 Review

Shree Hindu Temple and Community Centre (Leicester, UK) once again organised a 9 day Navratri Festival dedicated to Mataji for all devotees to enjoy without a ticket.
This years’s festival was from Tuesday 13 to Wednesday 21 October 2015 and daily event started from 7:30pm to 11:30pm, with exception of weekend where hours were extended further for an hour.
Navratri Festival 2015
Navratri started with pooja ceremony conducted by Mandir’s Kiranbhai Padhiya and Natubhai Acharya with Bhaikhubhai and Bhartiben Kotecha doing the auspicious ceremony to welcome Mataji.
Daily festivities started with “Tran-Tari” followed by “Be-Tari” Garba. Daily arti took place at 10pm, with main yajman and family performing 51 Diva Arti, followed by Dandia Raas, Ranjanyu and Sanero.
Past several years has set a high standard in terms of music group, security, refreshments on site and overall planing and organising the entire event. Organising Team worked closely with City Council, Local Police and Neighbours to ensure events runs smoothly.
This years was no exception with music group from Rajkot, Gujarat, performing Mataji’s Arti and singing traditional songs to delight of devotees of all ages. Group was led by Shrikanth Krishnan Nair, Bhaskar Hasmukbhai Shingala, Kalpesh Prabhudas Kacha, Jigneshgiri Ramnikgiri Goswami and Alpa Patel.
Lord Lieutenant Jennifer, Lady Gretton JPThe Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in the County and the present Lord Lieutenant is Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP was the chief guest. Lady Gretton JP has been attending and taking part in Navratri Festival for past several years with respect and joy.
This years’s event attracted a record number of people of all ages and background. The new community centre hall was packed to capacity and many people waiting outside the Temple for a glimpse of the event.
Overall the Navrati Festival was very well organised, managed and most importantly all devotees enjoyed the Mataji’s Garba with great passion and enthusiasm.

On Behalf of Shree Hindu Temple and Community Centre, thank all the volunteers, organisers, the music group, security team, refreshment suppliers, sponsors, local city council, Police, neighbours, guest, devotees and Mataji for making everything possible.
Jay Mataji

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