Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Monday, December 28, 2009

News from Wankaner

1) Manu Mehta who was the son of Dhirajlal Roopchand Mehta and past president of Wankaner Panjrapole died at the age of 82 years at Chennai

2) Keshubhai Patel , Insurance Agent, known to so many of the members of samaj died at the age of 93 years

3) Dada(Prabhudas Pranjivandas) , Ramanbhai & Chamanbhai were running a shop in the name of Raman Silk at Wankaner. The shop caught fire and stock was totally gutted.Fortunately, nobody was injured.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Native : Morbi
Currently At : Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Bababhai Bhavesh Doshi
Age : 7 Months
Date of Death : 24-12-2009
Father : Bhavesh Sumatichandra Doshi
Grand-Father : Sumatichandra Keshavlal Doshi
Grnad-Mother : Late Sarjulaben
May young boy's soul rest in peace

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pilgrimage tour of SAMMET SHIKHARJI planned by Yuvak Mandal

Yuvak Mandal of the Samaj has planned its next year pilgrimage tour to SAMMET SHIKHARJI. This was announced at Girnarji where it went between 4th & 9th Dec 2009. No sooner the tour was announced then Donations started coming in. There were 5 donations of 1 lac each from members of the Samaj. So get ready for SAMMET SHIKHARJI next year.


Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Kandivali, Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Pramod Vanechand Gandhi
Age : 60 years
Date of Death : 22-12-2009
Father : Late Vanechand Gandhi
Mother : Late Prankunvar
Wife : Naliniben
Son : Vishal
Brother : Late Jayantilal
Sisters : Late Chandanben Harilal Doshi,Anumati Vasantlal Mehta, Niranjana Hasmukhlal Sanghvi
Father-in-Law : Tarachand Kasalchand Gardi

May his soul rest in peace

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Falgun Jitendra Jayantilal Mehta
(Native of Morbi /currently at Malad E)

got married to

Kinjal Hitesh
K Shah

on 08-12-2009.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Corpus Fund Donations :

Donations to Shree Machchukantha Vishashrimali Jain Samaj :

  1. Rs. 21,000.00 From family members of Harendra Bhaichand Mehta in his ever lasting memory in Uchcha Kelavani Loan Fund (ઉચ્ચ કેળવણી લોન ફંડ)
  2. Rs. 5,000.00 from Vinodini Navnitray Vora, Lata Gunavantray Vora, Harsha Jagdish Vora, Divya Bharat Vora & Late Nital Bharat Vora in ever lasting memory of Anantray Hematlal Vora in Tapascharya Tadhak/ Bahuman Fund (તપશ્ર્ચર્યા ટાઢક/બહુમાન ફંડ)
  3. Rs. 5000.00 from Sejal Ketan Ajmera, Hina Jatin Ajmera, Deepa Paras Khatriya, Bhavisha Darshan Shah & Pooja Mrunal Dani in ever lasting memory of Anantray Hematlal Vora in Uchcha Kelavani Utkarsh Fund (ઉચ્ચ કેળવણી ઉત્કર્ષ કાયમી ફ્ડ)
  4. Rs. 5,000.00 from Chetna Nitin Vora & Nitin Anantray Vora in ever lasting memory of Anantray Hematlal Vora in Sadharmik Bhakti Sahay Yojna Kayami Fund (સાધર્મિક ભક્તિ સહાય યોજના કાયમી ફંડ)

Donations to Shree Machchukantha Jain Vishashrimali Yuvak Mandal :

  1. Rs. 5,000.00 from Kanchanben Anantray Vora in ever lasting memory ofAnantray Hematlal Vora in Shaikkhanik Paritoshik Kayami Fund (શૈક્ષણિક પારિતોષિક કાયમી ફંડ)
  2. Rs. 5,000.00 from Navnitray Hematlal Vora, Gunavantray Hematlal Vora,Jagdish Hematlal Vora, Bharat Hematlal Vora in ever lasting memory of Anantray Hematlal Vora in Swami Vatsalya Kayami Fund (સ્વામિ વાત્સલ્ય કાયમી ફંડ)
  3. Rs. 5000.00 from Sejal Ketan Ajmera, Hina Jatin Ajmera, Deepa Paras Khatriya, Bhavisha Darshan Shah & Pooja Mrunal Dani in ever lasting memory of Anantray Hematlal Vora in Tabibi Sahay Fund (તબિબિ સહાય ફ્ડ)

We thank Shri Chandravadan Jamnadas Sheth for providing the above information.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Chintan Pradip Kushalchand Shah
(Native of Wankaner /currently at Kandivali E)

got married to

Neha Jatin
Ramniklal Mehta
(Native of Palitana currently at Kandivali W)

on 03-12-2009.

14 th Tirthyatra of Yuvak Mandal to Girnarji

Yuvak Mandal has organised a pilgrimage tour to Girnarji & Nageshwar Parshvanathji from 4-12-2009 to 9-12-2009. The Mandal is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year and this programme will add one more feather in the cap of Mandal's activities. Family of Smt. Virbala (Dr.) Ratilal Harakhchand Shah has agreed to be the chief patron for this tour. We wish all the members a happy journey. Let the members' religious index go up for blissful future.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Office Bearers of Yuvak Mandal

The following is the list of Office Bearers of Yuvak Mandal


Saturday, November 28, 2009


Jigar Kirit Kantilal Sheth
(Native of Wankaner/Currently at Mumbai)

got married to

Shruti Kamlesh Prabhudas Sanghvi (Junagadh)

on 27-11-2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Nisha Dinesh Hematlal Sheth (Native of Wankaner/currently of Boriivali)

got married to

Pritesh Bipinchandra Jayantilal Shah

on 24-11-2009.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Veenaben Shirishchandra Mehta

Native : Morbi
Currently At : Kandivali, Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Veenaben Shirishchandra Mehta
Age : 71 years
Date of Death : 20-11-2009
Husband : Late Shirishchandra Bhogilal Mehta
Sons : Bhagirath, Dr. Mehul
Daughters-in-Law : Pragna, Dr. Falguni
Brothers-in-Law (Diyar) : Nautambhai, Niranjanbhai, Late Rajnikant, Bharatbhai, Abhaybhai, Dr. Anil, Vijaybhai
Sisters-in-Law (Derani): Chandanben, Manjulaben, Late Pushpaben, Dinaben, Punitaben, Dr. Snehprabha, Naynaben
Sister-in-Law (Nanand):Vinodiniben
Brother-in-Law (Nandoi): Dr. Navnitrai Vora
Father-in-Law : Late Dr. Bhogilal Raichand Mehta
Father : Late Jadavji Dhanjibhai Shah

May her soul rest in peace

Friday, November 20, 2009


Veenaben Shirishchandra Mehta (Daughter-in-law of Dr. Bhogilal Raichand Mehta) aged 71 years expired on 20-11-2009 due to heart failure. Her funeral will start from their house at 9:30 A.M. on 21-11-2009.

In the Hospital

Taraben Trambaklal Mehta was recently operated for Total Knee Replacement (TKR) at Hinduja Hospital. Subsequently, she has developed some heart complications. As a result, she is now admitted in Asian Heart Hospital at BKC. She is in ICU.

We wish her a speedy recovery.


Mansi Mahesh Kushalchand Shah (Native of Wankaner/currently of Juhu)

got married to

Raj Nayan Girdharlal Sheth (Native of Lakhtar/currently of Mulund)

on 19-11-2009.


Anjan Dr.Anilbhai Bhogilal Mehta (Native of Morbi/currently of Kandivali)

got married to

Bhavyani Jashwantrai Parmananddas Jaswani(currently of Dombivali)

on 19-11-2009.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Baroda
Name of the deceased :
Indiraben Chandrakishore Sapani
Age : 72 Years
Date of Death : 04-11-2009
Husband :
Late Chandrakishore Motichand Sapani
Sons : Milan, Rupin
Daughter : Rita Ajit Mehta
-in-Law : Late Motichand Dayhabhai Sapani
Brother-in-Law : Late Vadilal
Sisters-in-Law : Late Kanchanben, Late Taramatiben & Anusuyaben
Father : Late Keshavlal Devchand Mehta


Monday, November 16, 2009

Yuvak Mandal Election Results

Election Results of Trust Board and Working Committee of Yuvak Mandal held on 15-11-2009

Trust Board
Paresh Vanechand Shah ( Managing Trustee)
Pankaj Navalchand Doshi
Hiren Mahesh Lodaria
Rahul Rasiklal Lodaria
Atul Chandrakant Sanghavi

Yuvak Mandal - President
Atul Chandrakant Sanghavi

Committee Members
Ajay Rasiklal Sanghavi
Chandresh Ramniklal Sanghavi
Deepak Dineshchandra Shah
Jayesh Kanakrai Vakharia
Jayesh Trambaklal Doshi
Kalpesh Rameshchandra Sanghavi
Mehul Rajendra Shah
Nilesh Bhupatbhai Mehta
Nimesh Bhupatrai Mehta
Rahul Indrakumar Mehta
Sandip Mahendra Sanghavi
Yogesh Mahendra Sheth

We are once more thankful to Shri Rajesh Shah for providing the information of the result.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Borivali, Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Kirit Jamnadas Shah
Age : 56 years
Date of Death : 12-11-2009
Father : Late Jamnadas Jagjivandas Shah
Mother : Late Dudhiben
Brothers : Jayendra, Mahesh,Late Rajesh
Sisters-in-Law : Jyotiben, Shilaben

May his soul rest in peace

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Election of Shree M. J. V. Yuvak Mandal - Mumbai

Elections of Trustee Board & Working Committee of Yuvak Mandal is being held
on Sunday,15TH November 2009 at 2.00 PM
at Shree Rajsthan Hall,
Opp. Sambhavnath Jain Derasar,
Jambali Galli, Borivali (West).

Candidates for Trustee Board are
  1. Atul Chandrakant Sanghavi
  2. Deepak Ramniklal Parekh
  3. Hiren Maheshbhai Lodaria
  4. Hitesh Chandulal Doshi
  5. Jayesh Kanakrai Vakharia
  6. Jayesh Trambaklal Doshi
  7. Kamlesh Chandulal Sanghavi
  8. Pankaj Navalchand Doshi
  9. Paresh Hasmukhrai Shah
  10. Paresh Vanechand Shah
  11. Rahul Rasiklal Lodaria
You have to Elect 5 Candidates from the above list.

Candidates for Working Committee are
  1. Ajay Rasiklal Sanghavi
  2. Chandresh Ramniklal Sanghavi
  3. Deepak Dineshchandra Shah
  4. Deepak Ramniklal Parekh
  5. Hitesh Chandulal Doshi
  6. Jatin Jitendra Shah
  7. Jayesh Kanakrai Vakharia
  8. Jayesh Trambaklal Doshi
  9. Kamlesh Chandulal Sanghavi
  10. Kalpesh Rameshchandra Sanghavi
  11. Mehul Rajendrabhai Shah
  12. Nilesh Bhupatbhai Mehta
  13. Nimesh Bhupatrai Mehta
  14. Paresh Hasmukhrai Shah
  15. Rahul Indrakumar Mehta
  16. Sandeep Mahendrabhai Doshi
  17. Yogesh Mahendrabhai Sheth
You have to Elect 13 Candidates from the above list.

All those eligible for voting should go to vote without fail.

We are thankful to Mr. Rajesh Shah who was kind enough to provide the above information.


Anantrai Hematlal Vora

Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Andheri- Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Anantrai Hematlal Vora
Age : 73 Years
Date of Death : 8-11-2009
Wife :Kanchanben
Son : Nitin
Daughter in Law :Chetna
Daughters : Sangita, Heena & Deepa
Sons-in-Law : Ketan Ajmera, Jatin Ajmera & Paras Kshatriya
Father : Late Hematlal Shamji Vora
Mother : Late Shantaben
Brothers : Dr. Navnitrai, Gunvantrai, Late Hasmukhbhai, Jagdishbhai, Bharatbhai
Sisters : Jashwantiben Ramniklal Shah, Hansaben Mehendra Shah
Father in Law : Late Shivlal Lalchand Sheth


Whom will you marry your son/daughter to ?

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If you have a marriageable son or daughter and someone asks you a question like the one asked in the heading of this article, you will fumble to answer as you will be confused and perplexed. The answer to this question is not straight like yes/no or this /that. The process of finding a suitable match is very complex and mentally challenging.

If you look back a few decades, two pregnant ladies would make an understanding to get married their progeny if both of them are born of different sex. There only thing that mattered most was nobility of families. In fact, economically, most of the families were at par with each other so there was no importance given to monetary aspect.

Then times changed. people started coming out of their villages to bigger cities like Mumbai , Calcutta or Madras. There they got opportunities to advance economically. So new alignments unintentionally started in the samaj. People started to look for alliance of their children in the same category they were in. Still, people would not go out of Samaj. Not only that members would take pride in saying that their children got married in the samaj itself.

Again times changed. Today people are frowned upon when they say they have married their children in our samaj only. People have started going out to other samaj for they have become more selective and they do not mind going to unknown families.

Thus on one side change in economical stability has changed the perception about marriage. On the other side, TV has also played a major role. Good looking faces of actresses and robust & chiseled bodies of actors are shown which has raised the minimum requirement standard of boys & girls. They do not worry about nobility of the opposite family but go after their size & shape. Marriage has become a game as a result divorce has become a normal thing of life thanks to TV. What we forget here is those on TV are specially selected and prepared for the show. The money they spend on make up per episode is much more than the monthly incomes of many of the families of samaj. Have you ever thought how many good looking faces are there in all the gujarati communities taken together ? What are your chances of getting those good looking faces for your child ? Over and above this what is the guarantee that the so called good looking person will match with your family temperament-wise ?

Age as such does not play any part in marriage but 95% of boys will decline to marry a girl elder to him.They will go and consult a jyotishi and believe his words for happy marriage but will not see what is apparently visible.They try to find solace in the unknown. Have you ever seen a couple happily married and not quarreling ? Intimacy & closeness only breeds contempt. We will not worry about testing our blood for thalesemia which can play havoc in your life as your progeny will suffer life threatening disease and you will be spending lot of money , hard earned, on treatment of your child. You will not worry about financial disparity of your wife's/husband's family with your family which is likely to create sparks in the longer run as after initial phase, real problems come up and difference in life styles can create unforeseen problems in life. Educational compatibility also is compromised against looks many times.

To add fuel to fire, the middle man has vanished so new arrangements are to be worked out. A simple way out is to circulate the bio data of boy/girl at right places. Good advertisement will work wonders for both parents & boy/girl as getting right person is equally important for parents as well as boy/girl. New trend is giving the information on specially developed marriage sites for a fee or to display the information on our blog free of charge. But people are afraid of putting the information on blog . By not putting enough efforts in publishing your child's bio data, you are depriving the child of an opportunity of finding right person in his/her life.

Thus very vital things for marriage to work are ignored and trivial matters are given undue importance. If samaj really wants to sort the problem and would want to help parents of samaj in getting right boy or girl for their child, the children of the society should meet more & more to understand each other. Simply arranging Milan Samarohs for Yuvaks & Yuvatis will not suffice. Samaj should arrange for a day or 2 days trip for marriageable Boys & Girls. This is an Indian version of Dating. Once boys see girls for longer duration unlike meeting in a hotel for 20-25 minutes, they will be having a clear cut idea and may find interest in the girl he is interacting with. More over the boys/girls will know what type of spouse they can expect when they see many boys/ girls at a time. This seems to be a strategy which may work for good of the community. But for that you have to think out of the box. Be bold, be different.

Our samaj has to be a trend setter in this regard. There are many generous members in the samaj who do not mind contributing for trip of a day or two. Instead of giving the donation for Yuvak/Yuvati Samaroh, they should sponsor the trip. Is any body ready for that ? Who will come forward to experiment?

Monday, November 9, 2009


Native : Morbi
Currently At : Borivali-Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Rajesh Shankarlal Shah
Age : 59 Years
Date of Death : 7-11-2009
Father : Late Shankarlal Mulchand Shah
Mother : Late Ranjanben
Brother : Shailesh
Sister : Nita Jitesh Shah
Sister-in-law : Amita
Nephews & Niece : Yash & Raj & Karishma - Utsav


Sunday, November 8, 2009


Native : Morbi
Currently At : Rajkot
Name of the deceased : Vasantben Jevatlal Mehta
Age : 85 Years
Date of Death : 5-11-2009
Husband : Late Jevatlal Amrutlal Mehta
Sons : Suresh, Dinesh, Mahesh,Prakash,Ramesh, Rajesh, Shailesh
Daughters : Late Pravina Lalitkumar Sanghvi
Brother-in-Law : Late Haribhai Brahmchari, Late Jayantilal
Father : Late Savji Devchand Shah

May her Soul rest in eternal peace

Friday, November 6, 2009

Forthcoming Programmes by various Mahila Mandals

1) Machchhu Prerna Mahila Mandal :
Date : 07-11-2009 Programme : Fun Game Show
Place : Gujarati Seva Mandal Hall,
Below Rangoli Hotel, Near Arora Talkies,
Time : 2:30 to 5:00 PM
Information regarding Breast Cancer Detection & Forthcoming Kosbad Tirth Yatra will also be given
Snacks will be served after the programme.

2) Machchhu Mansi Mahila Mandal (Borivali) :
Date : 14-11-2009 Programme : Get together
Place : Sukh Sagar Hotel, Haridas Nagar, Borivali (West),
Time : 3:00 PM

3) Machchhukantha Vishashrimali Mahila Mandal :
Date : 21-11-2009 Programme : Best Recipe Competition ( Parathas & Salads)
Place : Yuvak Mandal's Office, Station Road, Dadar (West)
Time : 2:30 PM

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bon Voyage to Ghatkopar MVJ Mandal

To day Ghatkopar MVJ Mandal is going on a pilgrimage tour of Sammet Shikhar. There are nearly 300 persons taking the tour of 10 days. They will be back on 15th November 2009. We wish all the pilgrims bon-voyage and a memorable trip with lot of fun and religious activities.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Native : Morbi
Currently At : Ghatkopar -Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Harendra Bhaichand Mehta
Age : 81 Years
Date of Death : 2-11-2009
Wife : Chandrakalaben
Sons : Late Pradip,Deepak, Mukesh, Chetan
Daughters-in-Law : Heena, Dipti, Surbhi
Father : Late Bhaichand Harjivan Mehta
Brothers : Late Ratilal, Late Kantilal
Sister : Vimlaben Kantilal Shah
Father-in-Law : Late Amritlal Padamshi Shah

Very few members of the samaj would not have heard the name of Harendrabhai Bhaichand Mehta. He was socially very active and a charitable person. For some time, he was not keeping well and as a result he was not seen on the Samaj activity radar. He Served the Samaj as the President in Vir Savat 2042 & 2043.

He was Committee Member of Mnisuvratswami Jain Derasar, Trustee & President of Bombay Timber Merchants Association and Committee Member of Mehta Dispensary (Morbi).

He will be remembered for his donations for Office of the Yuvak mandal, Wadi project of Mota Mandal ( which has yet to materialize ), Donation to start Yuvak/ Yuvati Milan Samaroh. During his tenure as President Vastipatrak of Entire Samaj Was published.

May His Soul rest in peace and May the family members of the deceased face the calamity that has befallen on them due to death of Harendrabahi with courage.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

In & Out of Hospitals

In Hospital :

Taraben Trambaklal Mehta was operated at Hinduja for Total Knee replacement. She is still under observation.

Anantrai Hematlal Vora is admitted in Hinduja for kindney related diesease.

Discharged from Hopital

Vinaychandra Chhaganlal Sanghvi was operated for Gal bladder stone and is discharged from hospital.

Bhupatbhai Ratilal Mehta was admitted in Hinduja and is back home.

Chandrakala Mahasukhbhai Mehta was operated for problems related to eyes but due to some complications she was re-operated and she is back home.

We wish all the members a rapid recovery and normal life very soon

Friday, October 23, 2009

Labh Pancham (By Dinesh Shah)

To day is Labh Pancham (Fifth day of the first Lunar Month of the New Year) . What is its importance ? Dinesh Shah gives a brief information on it in the photo below.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009


Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Indore
Name of the deceased : Ansuya Chandrakant Sanghvi
Age : 68 Years
Date of Death : 16-10-2009
Husband : Chandrakant Vasram Sanghvi
Son : Rashmi
Daughter : Aarti,Jagruti
Sons in Law :Ashwin Jasani, Jitendra Lakhani
Father in Law : Late Vasrambhai Bhavanbhai Sanghvi
Brother in Law : Late Pravinbhai, Kishorebhai,Late Kantibhai, Narendrabhai
Father : Late karsanbhai Harjivan Gheewala



Native : Ghantila
Currently At : Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Mahendra Mugatlal Lodariya
Age : 59 Years
Date of Death : 17-10-2009
Wife :Ulkaben
Son : Jigar
Daughter : Bhavini
Daughter in Law :Shikha
Father : Late Mugatlal Nandlal Lodariya
Mother : Lalitaben
Brothers : Dinesh, Nitin, Jayesh
Sisters : Late Kusumben Shah, Manjulaben Vasa, Hasumati Sheth, Kokilaben Variya
Father in Law : Late Ramanlal Bhogilal Shah


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Death at the Age of 104 Years

Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Dadar-Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Kashiben Ratilal Mehta
Age : 104 Years
Date of Death : 16-10-2009
Husband : Late Ratilal Mohanlal Mehta
Sons : Late Kantilal, Late Natverlal,Pujya Chirantanvijayji Maharaj Saheb (family name : Chandrakantbhai),Bhupatbhai,Jaysukhbhai
Daughters-in-Law : Mayaben,Late Dhankuvarben,Meenaben,Chandanben
Daughter : Ansuyaben
Son-in-Law : Bhogilal Doshi
Grand Sons : Jayesh,Ajit,Yogesh,Nimesh,Anish & Paresh
Grand Daughters in Law : Maya,Daksha,Asmita,Falguni,Hina,Priti
Great Grand Sons : Jimit,Abhishek,Arpit,Saumil,Milan, Parth & Chirag
Great Grand Daughters : Chitrangi,Hinal,Himani,Nisha
Daughter's Daughters (Dohitri) : Hina & Dharitri
Great Grand Daughter in Law : Dipali
Father : Late Nimchand Mehta
Brother : Ravichand Nimcahnd Mehta


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Message to Working Committee, Trust Board, Bhandol Samiti

Narayana Murthy,
Nonexecutive chairman and chief mentor,
Infosys Technologies Ltd was asked the question

How would you describe a great leader?

His reply was :

A great leader is one who is not only good in creating a vision, creating the big picture, but also ensuring that he goes into the nitty-gritty, into the details of making sure that the vision is actually translated into reality through excellence of execution. In other words, great leaders have great vision, great imagination, great ideas, but they also implement those ideas through hard work, commitment and flawless execution. In doing so, they motivate thousands of people.-

We hope who is who of the samaj are listening.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Diwali Greetings from Haresh Shah & Family






Saturday, October 17, 2009





Mahendra Mugatlal Lodariya (Age 60 years)
expired on 17-10-2009 due to heart attack. His funeral will start from his residence at 2:00 PM and cremation will take place at Parle Crematorium.

Chopda Pujan

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Diwali Greetings from Dinesh Shah

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Happy Diwali

Diwali - A Jain View Point

Diwali has a very special significance in Jainism, just like Buddha Purnima, the date of Buddha's Nirvana, is for Buddhists as Christmas is for Christians. Lord Mahavira, the last of the Jain Tirthankaras, attained Nirvana or Moksha on this day at Pavapuri on Oct. 15, 527 BC, on Chaturdashi of Kartika, as Tilyapannatti of Yativrashaba from the sixth century states:

Mahavira is responsible for establishing the Dharma followed by Jains even today. According to tradition, the chief disciple of Mahavira, Ganadhara Gautam Swami also attained complete knowledge (Kevalgyana) on this day, thus making Diwali one of the most important Jain festivals.

Mahavira attained his nirvana at the dawn of the amavasya (new moon). According to the Kalpasutra by Acharya Bhadrabahu, 3rd century BC, many gods were present there, illuminating the darkness[8]. The following night was pitch black without the light of the gods or the moon. To symbolically keep the light of their master's knowledge alive:

16 Gana-kings, 9 Malla and 9 Lichchhavi, of Kasi and Kosal, illuminated their doors. They said: "Since the light of knowledge is gone, we will make light of ordinary matter" ("गये से भवुज्जोये, दव्वुज्जोयं करिस्समो").

Dipavali was first mentioned in Jain books as the date of the nirvana of Mahavira. In fact, the oldest reference to Diwali is a related word, dipalikaya, which occurs in Harivamsha-Purana, written by Acharya Jinasena [9] and composed in the Shaka Samvat era in the year 705.

ततस्तुः लोकः प्रतिवर्षमादरत् प्रसिद्धदीपलिकयात्र भारते |
समुद्यतः पूजयितुं जिनेश्वरं जिनेन्द्र-निर्वाण विभूति-भक्तिभाक् |२० |

tatastuh lokah prativarsham-araat ako
prasiddha-deepalikaya-aatra bharate
samudyatah poojayitum jineshvaram
jinendra-nirvana vibhuti-bhaktibhak

Translation: The gods illuminated Pavanagari by lamps to mark the occasion. Since that time, the people of Bharat celebrate the famous festival of "Dipalika" to worship the Jinendra (i.e. Lord Mahavira) on the occasion of his nirvana.

Dipalikaya roughly translates as "light leaving the body". Dipalika, which can be roughly translated as "splenderous light of lamps", is used interchangeably with the word "Diwali".

The way Jains celebrate Diwali is different in many respects. There is a note of asceticism in whatever the Jains do, and the celebration of Diwali is not an exception. The Jains celebrate Diwali during the month of Kartik for three days. During this period, among the Shvetambaras, devoted Jains observe fasting and chant the Uttaradhyayan Sutra, which contain the final pravachans of Lord Mahavira, and meditate upon him. Some Jains visit Pavapuri in Bihar where he attained Nirvan. In may temples special laddus are offered particularly on this day.

Vira Nirvana Samvat: The Jain year starts with Pratipada following Diwali. Vira Nirvana Samvat 2536 starts with Diwali 2009. The Jain businesspeople traditionally started their accounting year from Diwali. The relationship between the Vir and Shaka era is given in Titthogali Painnaya and Dhavalaa by Acharya Virasena:

पंच य मासा पंच य वास छच्चेव होन्ति वाससया|
परिणिव्वुअस्स अरिहितो तो उप्पन्नो सगो राया||

Thus the Nirvana occurred 605 years and 5 months before the Saka era.

On 21 October 1974 the 2500th Nirvana Mahotsava was celebrated by all the Jain throughout India[1].

Friday, October 16, 2009


Mother of Bhupatbhai & Jaysukhbhai of Anupam,Nirupam & Jaybharat Textorium Matushri Kashiben expired on 16-10-2009 at a ripe age of 104 years. Her funeral will start at 12:15 PM and she will be cremated at Shivaji Park Crematorium.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

176 Years Old Tortoise (By Dinesh Shah)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009


Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also known as "Dhantrayodashi" or "Dhanwantari Triodasi", falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Ashwin (October/November).

In the word Dhanteras, "Dhan" stands for wealth. On Dhanteras, the "Owl" form of the Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to customary purchases of precious metals on this day


A very interesting story about Dhanteras Festival says that once the sixteen year old son of King Hima was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On that particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband's boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs.

When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a Serpent his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the Prince's chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins and sat there whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus the young wife saved her husband from the clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of "Yamadeepdaan" and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in reverential adoration to Yam, the god of Death.

According to another popular legend, when the gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrit or nectar, Dhanavantri (the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of Dhanteras.


To mark the auspicious day, houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.


On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. "Laxmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. "Bhajans"-devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are also sung.


Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. "Lakshmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans - devotional songs - in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.

In villages, cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In south India, cows are offered particularly special veneration because they are thought of as incarnations of the Goddess Lakshmi.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Diwali Festival Details

Diwali in Gujarat is celebrated From aaso vad Agyaras (11th day from full/no moon) to dev Diwali people lit the diyas (now uses lamp series also) to decorate the house, which protects them from evil spirits as believed.

Agyaras: (Aso vad 11)

Gujaratis begin their Diwali celebrations before Dhan Teras, on the 11th day of aaso. The day is devoted to preparing the choicest snacks and dry fruits, to wish new year to relatives & neighbours.

Vagh Baras: (Aso vad 12)

This is also known as Govatsa dwadashi and Guru Dwadashi. On this day the cow and calf are worshipped. Vagh here refers to repaying one's financial debts. Therefore people clear their account ledgers (khata) today and do not enter into new transactions, using new ledgers until after Labh Pancham. Vagh baras is also celebrated in a unique fashion in some Dhodia villages where, men colour themselves in stripes representing the Vagh and others as plain white or other colours denoting cattle. The tiger chases the cattle. Finally at the end of the sport the village inhabitants eat food together at a common place and celebrate.

Dhanteras: (Aso vad 13)

Most community worship the goddess of wealth called "LAXMI" by performing puja. Material wealth in the form of gold jewelry & money (or old coins/Diamonds) often represent wealth in these worship ceremonies. Gujaratis believe money spent on this day will bring prosperity to their family and home during the coming year.

Kali Chaudash: (Aso vad 14)

Kali means black or mahakali (goddess who wins over black magic). Chaudash means 14. So the natives prepare Vada to Hanumanji and get protection from ghosts & evils spirits. Tantrics go to the crematorium (called samshan in Hindi) to get powerful results.

Diwali: (30th day of aaso)

Aaso Amas

(15th day from full moon day when moon disappears). Celebrated as other parts in India but diwali is the last day of year people go to temple & thank for the delighted last year. Wish Happy Diwali to neighbours & relatives via card (recently SMS/email/calls). The whole day is considered as the last day for prepatation of coming new year. Expensive heavy fireworks during full night. Some native does special puja(worship) of goddess of Wealth Laxmi.House is decorated with diyas specially open space opposite to front door. Rangoli is prepared around diyas.

Bestu Varas (Hindu New year) Kartak sud Ekam(1),

* It is referred at the Hindu new year according to the Indian calendar based on lunar cycles, and 'Kartak' is the first month in this new year while 'Ekam' refers to first day
* People greet each other on this day by uttering, Saal Mubaarak this is an Urdu saying but is said commonly by Gujarati people (Hindi/Gujarati/ Urdu),'nutanvarsh abhinandan'(Sanskrit/ Gujarati) "shub varsh",Happy new year.

The day starts with the heavy fire works, to welcome New Year, in the early morning as Hindu believes morning starts at 4am. The local young boys sells raw salt (collected from Salt evaporation pond) calling it "sabras"means all taste, to make the natives new year prosperous. House is decorated with the aaso palav & marigolds(galgota)/s festoons (toran) & rangoli beside front door. Home made snacks are offered to the guests & neighbors who comes to wish the new year.

* Bali pujan on this day. Lord Vaman asked king Bali for 3 strides of land (ref. Devpodhi Ekadashi for details). King Bali pleased the Lord by offering everything. In remembrance of his devotion, Vamanji gave a boon that this auspicious day will be famed as 'Balipratipadaa' (Skand Puran 24/10).

Bhai Bij (Kartak sud Bij(2))

Kartak sud Bij(2), is the time where in the bond of love between a brother and sister is further strengthened as sister invites brother at her home for dinner/lunch asks God for her brother/s long and successful life while she receives presents from her beloved brother's.

Labh Pacham

Kartak sud pacham(5), the shop owners & most businessmen start their business for the year, which they had closed since diwali. They start new account ledgers(Khatu) by writing "Shubh" means Auspicious, on left & "Labh" means Profit, on right & Sathiya on center, on 1st page. People also go for shopping which is said to be profitable & lucky for whole year.

Dev Diwali

Kartak sud Purnima(full moon day), 15th day of kartak, the belief is that, after leaving king Bali, the lord rejoined on this day. The Gods celebrated his arrival in jubilation. Locals also celebrate the day with the fire works in the morning & wishes all the relatives/neighbours new year wishes whom they could not wished during new year, as it is considered the last day to greet new year.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Native : Morbi
Currently At : Calcutta
Name of the deceased : Saroj Jagjivan Doshi
Age : 65 years
Date of Death : 11-10-2009
Father : Late Jagjivan Mohanlal Doshi
Mother : Late Kamlaben
Brothers : Late Rajnikant, Late Harshadbhai, Late Anilbhai, Tarunbhai, Sureshbhai
Sister : Indira Jaysukhlal Doshi

May her soul rest in peace

4000 Years old Tree (by Dinesh Shah)


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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bhavini Mahendra Lodaria (Bio Data)


NameBhavini Mahendra Lodaria
Birth Details9/11/1983, 7.23 a.m., Mumbai
CasteVisashrimali Derawasi Jain
ResidenceB-3, Shalimar Apts., 211, S.V.

Road, Near Shoppers Stop,

Andheri (W), Mumbai - 400058
Telephone Nos.022 26203581 / 26273073
Native PlaceMorbi (Saurashtra)
EducationB.Com (First Class), Mumbai University
OccupationSenior Process Associate (Quality Assurance Group

Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), Vikhroli,Mumbai

Certified Green Belt in Six Sigma from

Breakthrough Management Group.
FatherMahendra Mugatlal Lodaria, B.Sc(Tech)

UDCT, Consultant for Chemical Sourcing
MotherUlka Mahendra Lodaria, B.A. Houswife
BrotherJeegar Mahendra Lodaria, B. Pharmacy

MBA (Married)
GrandparentsLate Shri Mugatlal Nandlal Lodaria (Dada)

Lalitaben Mugatlal Lodaria (Dadi)
UnclesDinesh M. Lodaria

Nitin M. Lodaria

Jayesh M. Lodaria
MosalLate Shri Ramanlal Bhogilal Shah (Nana) ,Palghar

Prabhavati Ramanlal Shah (Nani)

Shailesh Ramanlal Shah (Mama)

Ninal Ramanlal Shah (Mama)

World Space Week

World Space Week is observed in over 60 countries between October 4 & 10 every year. This year is the 10th Anniversary of the week. To know What is World Space ? why we celebrate the week ? read the article hereunder submitted by DINESH SHAH

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dubai Photos By Dinesh Shah

Dinesh Shah is regularly sending informations on various subjects. We are, indeed, ery thankful for his support. The Future gujaray Photos were also sent by him. Now he has come out with photos of Dubai. This time it is in pps formate. To view the same please click here.


Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Baroda
Name of the deceased : Chandrakishore Motichand Sapani
Age : 75 Years
Date of Death : 01-10-2009
Wife : Indiraben
Sons : Milan, Rupin
Father : Late Motichand Dayhabhai Sapani
Father -in-Law : Late Keshavlal Devchand Mehta
Brother : Late Vadilal
Sisters : Late Kanchanben, Late Taramatiben & Anusuyaben


Monday, October 5, 2009

Narmada Nagar

Narmada Nagar Industrial Town with New City Model, 15 Km from Palej
(The city envisged by Gujarat Govt.)

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Native : Bela (Morbi)
Currently At : Dadar, Mumbai
Name of the deceased : Prabhudas (Bachubhai) Kashidas Parekh
Age : 84 Years
Date of Death : 30-09-2009
Wife : Late Chandanben
Son : Jayesh
Daughter-in-Law : Shaila
Father : Late Kashidas Mulji Parekh
Father -in-Law : Late Chunilal Viththalji Mehta
Brothers : Late Mansukhbhai, Late Khushalbhai, Late Maganbhai, Late Amrutlal
Sister : Late Manchhaben


Foreign Trade Center , Ankleshwar,

Foreign Trade Center , Ankleshwar, 17 Km from Bharuch would look like this.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Chandrakishor Motichand Sapani expired at Baroda on 01-10-2009. May his soul rest in etrnal peace.

Silicon City of Gujarat

Many Changes are taking place in Gujarat. Here is the artist's vision of Silicon City coming up in west Zadeshwar, towards National highway 8

Friday, October 2, 2009

Future Gujarat

Here is the Model of Film Nagar at Nareshwar as planned & envisaged by Gujarat Government.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Angina Pain - Beginning of Heart Diseases

To day is World Heart Day. Currently we are undergoing various pulls & pushes in life which disturb the rhythm of our heart. We are giving below information on Angina Pain which is the first signal to getting Heart Problem.

What Is Angina?

Angina (an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh) is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when an area of your heart muscle doesn't get enough oxygen-rich blood. Angina may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The pain also may occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. It can feel like indigestion.

Angina itself isn't a disease. Rather, it's a symptom of an underlying heart problem. Angina is usually a symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease.

CAD occurs when a fatty material called plaque (plak) builds up on the inner walls of the coronary arteries. These arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis (ATH-er-o-skler-O-sis).


Plaque causes the coronary arteries to become narrow and stiff. The flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle is reduced. This causes pain and can lead to a heart attack.

Types of Angina

The three types of angina are stable, unstable, and variant (Prinzmetal's). Knowing how the types are different is important. This is because they have different symptoms and require different treatment.

Stable Angina

Stable angina is the most common type. It occurs when the heart is working harder than usual. Stable angina has a regular pattern. If you know you have stable angina, you can learn to recognize the pattern and predict when the pain will occur.

The pain usually goes away in a few minutes after you rest or take your angina medicine.

Stable angina isn't a heart attack, but it makes a heart attack more likely in the future.

Unstable Angina

Unstable angina doesn't follow a pattern. It can occur with or without physical exertion and isn't relieved by rest or medicine.

Unstable angina is very dangerous and needs emergency treatment. It's a sign that a heart attack may happen soon.

Variant (Prinzmetal's) Angina

Variant angina is rare. It usually occurs while you're at rest. The pain can be severe. It usually happens between midnight and early morning. This type of angina is relieved by medicine.


Angina occurs equally in men and women. It can be a sign of heart disease, even when initial tests don't show evidence of CAD.

Not all chest pain or discomfort is angina. A heart attack, lung problems (such as an infection or a blood clot), heartburn, or a panic attack also can cause chest pain or discomfort. All chest pain should be checked by a doctor.

Other Names for Angina

* Angina pectoris
* Acute coronary syndrome
* Chest pain
* Coronary artery spasms
* Prinzmetal's angina
* Stable or common angina
* Unstable angina
* Variant angina

How Is Angina Treated?

Treatments for angina include lifestyle changes, medicines, medical procedures, and cardiac rehabilitation (rehab). The main goals of treatment are to:

* Reduce pain and discomfort and how often it occurs
* Prevent or lower the risk of heart attack and death by treating the underlying heart condition

Lifestyle changes and medicines may be the only treatments needed if your symptoms are mild and aren't getting worse. When lifestyle changes and medicines don't control angina, you may need medical procedures or cardiac rehab.

Unstable angina is an emergency condition that requires treatment in the hospital.

Lifestyle Changes

Making lifestyle changes can help prevent episodes of angina. You can:

* Slow down or take rest breaks if angina comes on with exertion.
* Avoid large meals and rich foods that leave you feeling stuffed if angina comes on after a heavy meal.
* Try to avoid situations that make you upset or stressed if angina comes on with stress. Learn ways to handle stress that can't be avoided.

You also can make lifestyle changes that help lower your risk of heart disease. An important lifestyle change is adopting a healthy diet. This will help prevent or reduce high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and obesity.

Follow a heart healthy eating plan that focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or no-fat diary products, and lean meat and fish. The plan also should be low in salt, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.

Your doctor may recommend TLC if you have high cholesterol or the DASH eating plan if you have high blood pressure. Even if you don't have these conditions, you can still benefit from these heart healthy plans.

Other important lifestyle changes include:

* Quitting smoking, if you smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke.
* Being physically active. Check with your doctor to find out how much and what kinds of activity are safe for you.
* Losing weight, if you're overweight or obese.
* Taking all medicines as your doctor prescribes, especially if you have diabetes.


Nitrates are the most commonly used medicines to treat angina. They relax and widen blood vessels. This allows more blood to flow to the heart while reducing its workload.

Nitroglycerin is the most commonly used nitrate for angina. Nitroglycerin that dissolves under your tongue or between your cheeks and gum is used to relieve an angina episode. Nitroglycerin in the form of pills and skin patches is used to prevent attacks of angina. These forms of nitroglycerin act too slowly to relieve pain during an angina attack.

You also may need other medicines to treat angina. These medicines may include beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, oral antiplatelet (an-ty-PLAYT-lit) medicines, and anticoagulants (AN-te-ko-AG-u-lants). These medicines can help:

* Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
* Slow the heart rate
* Relax blood vessels
* Reduce strain on the heart
* Prevent blood clots from forming

Medical Procedures

When medicines and other treatments don't control angina, you may need a medical procedure to treat the underlying heart disease. Angioplasty (AN-jee-oh-plas-tee) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are both commonly used to treat angina.

Angioplasty opens blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. During angioplasty, a thin tube with a balloon or other device on the end is threaded through a blood vessel to the narrowed or blocked coronary artery. Once in place, the balloon is inflated to push the plaque outward against the wall of the artery. This widens the artery and restores blood flow.

Angioplasty can improve blood flow to your heart, relieve chest pain, and possibly prevent a heart attack. Sometimes a small mesh tube called a stent is placed in the artery to keep it open after the procedure.

During CABG, healthy arteries or veins taken from other areas in your body are used to bypass (that is, go around) your narrowed coronary arteries. Bypass surgery can improve blood flow to your heart, relieve chest pain, and possibly prevent a heart attack.

Your doctor will help decide which treatment is right for you.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Your doctor may prescribe cardiac rehab for angina or after angioplasty, CABG, or a heart attack.

The cardiac rehab team may include doctors, nurses, exercise specialists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, and psychologists or other behavioral therapists.

Rehab has two parts:

* Exercise training. This part helps you learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your muscles, and improve your stamina. Your exercise plan will be based on your individual abilities, needs, and interests.
* Education, counseling, and training. This part of rehab helps you understand your heart condition and find ways to reduce your risk of future heart problems. The cardiac rehab team will help you learn how to cope with the stress of adjusting to a new lifestyle and to deal with your fears about the future.

How Can Angina Be Prevented?

You can prevent or lower your risk for angina and coronary artery disease (CAD) by making lifestyle changes and treating related conditions.
Making Lifestyle Changes

Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent or delay angina and CAD. To make lifestyle changes, you can:

* Follow a healthy eating plan. (See "How Is Angina Treated" for more information.)
* Quit smoking, if you smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke.
* Be physically active. Check with your doctor to find out how much and what kinds of activity are safe for you.
* Learn ways to handle stress and relax.

Treating Related Conditions

You also can help prevent or delay angina and CAD by treating related conditions, such as:

* High blood cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, follow your doctor's advice about lowering it. Take medicines as directed to lower your cholesterol.
* High blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about keeping your blood pressure under control. Take blood pressure medicines as directed.
* Diabetes. If you have diabetes, follow your doctor's advice about keeping your blood sugar level under control. Take medicines as directed.
* Overweight or obesity. If you're overweight or obese, talk to your doctor about how to lose weight safely.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Durga- Katha

‘Durga’, the name literally means fortress. And so is the belief amongst her devotees that Maa Durga would stand as a fortress and guard them against all trials and tribulations. Durga Puja, celebrated through most parts of India, has various names. What is unique about this particular festival is that the entire nation celebrates it together unlike other state specific festivals.While it is known as Durga Puja in Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and other northeastern states, it is Navratri in Kashmir, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala; and Bommai Kolu in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
A little known fact is that Durga Puja, which generally falls anywhere between September to October, actually has its roots somewhere in March-April.
According to legend, there was a king in Bengal, called Sharad Rajah, a staunch Durga devotee, who changed the period of Durga Puja from April to October. After him came Rama, who, before declaring war on Ravana, had performed this puja sometime during this period and made it popular throughout the nation. Sharad Rajah was forgotten and the story of Rama is being followed till date. Since this period was an untimely awakening of the deity, Durga Puja is also called as Akal Bodhan. From Sharad Rajah, the festival got the name of
Sharadiya Pujo, although those who do not know the story might say sharad means
autumn and since the festival is celebrated in autumn, hence the name.
As per another legend, a demon called Mahishasur, had been creating a lot of trouble for everyone in the Trilokas. Since he had received a boon from Brahma that no man can kill him, all the Gods who
tried to fight him were defeated. Angered by this, the Gods came together and a divine light emitted from all their bodies came together to form Durga. She went to war with Mahishasur, which lasted for ten days ending on Bijoya Dashami which literally means victorious tenth day. This particular scene has been immortalised in the form of her idol, ever since Durga Puja celebrations came into being. Incidentally, when Rama defeated Ravana, it was the tenth day of war as well. Hence, the last day emphasises on good winning over evil.
The puja has six significant days — the Mahalaya, Shashti, Maha Shaptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami, and Bijoya Dashami.
Before the Mahalaya, it is a period of shradh which is said to be inauspicious because as per the scriptures Yama —the God of Death, releases all the spirits to come and stay on earth for a 16 day lunar cycle called Pitripokkho or fortnight of the ancestors. Most people perform puja in the memory of their dead relatives during this period.
Mahalaya depicts the end of this bad period, after which starts the auspicious Devipokkho or fortnight of the Goddess. It is believed that during this period she comes visiting her parents and then on Bijoya Dashami she returns to her husband Shiva’s abode.
Durga Puja has always been an integral part of the Hindu culture. It was traditionally followed by almost all families. However, the origin of public celebrations as we see today, can be traced back to the 16th century. With the advent of the
Mughals, Durga Puja became more of a status symbol. Grand celebrations, gala feasts and huge fanfare was part of the very first public Sharadiya Durgotsab festivals organised by Raja Kangshanarayan of Taherpur and Bhabananda Mazumdar of Nadiya in 1606. In 1757, Raja Nabakrishna Deb held a grand scale puja in Kolkata in honour of Lord Clive, who wanted to thank the deity for his victory in the battle of Plassey.
Opulence and extravagance became an insepara
ble part of the powerful and rich Bengalis. However, there were people who celebrated Durga Puja in their household in a traditional manner, which was characterised by much more devotion and sentiments attached to the festival than the mere ostentation of the rich and more prosperous people. But this school of thought is slowly being overshadowed by the commercialisation and the traditional Durga Puja seems to be losing its essence.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rude Garbe Rame Chhe Devi Ambika Re Lol

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kesario Rang Tane Lagyo olya Garba

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Nyalchand Chatrabhuj Shah aged about 75 years expired at Wankaner. He was father of Kishorbhai, Father-in-Law of Dollyben & Grandfather of Krina & Kushal. Due to Navratri Sadadi/Prayer is postponed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

World Heart Day

Khajano - Story in Gujarati

A story from Gunvant Barvalia
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