Even before the cheerful, ecstatic and Divine atmosphere of 10-day Lord Ganesh festivity could fade and the chants “Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya” still ringing in the ears of lakhs and lakhs of devotees of Lord of Wisdom, the Navratri festivity has come to the door steps of the Orange City. The Navratri – Nine Nights of Devotion and Religious Fervour has created the same atmosphere of Divinity, and Nagpur has gone colourful and has adorned itself with an array of illuminations and decoration to welcome the Goddess of Durga, the Symbol of Shakti — the sublime, ultimate, absolute creative energy of the Divine conceptualized as the Mother Goddess Durga.
And the artists are giving finishing touches to the idols of Maa Durga by striving 24 hours of the day, seven days of the week to ensure the idols are ready on or before October 5, the day when Sarvajanik Mandals would install the idols of Maa Durga thus marking the beginning of Navratri. The artists have been forced to work overtime as they are facing enormous difficulties this year following excessive rains, the nagging power load-shedding and other related problems. The heaters are coming handy for the artists to dry up the idols.
The anguished rise in prices of raw materials required for carving out the idols have made the Maa Durga idols costlier this year but hundreds of Sarvajanik Mandals have no worries as the devotees contribute with all their might to make the Navratri more and more Divine, colourful and ecstatic.
This year too several prominent mandals are expecting huge crowd on all the days amidst tightest security at their premises. As soon as Navratri begins, both men and women will be seen at prominent “Dandiya venues dancing away to the beats of loud and rhythmic music.
“RED FORT” AT UJJWAL NAGAR NAVDURGA UTSAV MANDAL:
One of the prominent Sarvajanik Mandals, Ujjwal Nagar Navdurga Utsav Mandal, Ujjwal Nagar, Wardha Road, has gone Delhi and has created a massive replica of the historical Red Fort as the stage for installing Maa Durga idol. The devotees visiting the Mandal would be toured of Red Fort and also the blessings of Maa Durga.
The President of Ujjwal Nagar Navdurga Utsav Mandal Anil Mourya and Secretary Dharmendra (Bhuru) Shukla, addressing a press conference, said the replica of the Red Fort has been erected by Imran Bhai of New Vishal Decoration. The brightly illuminated and coloufully decorated premises would welcome the devotees and will have “Darshan” of Maa Durga inside the “Red Fort” with height of 70 feet, and breadth of 130 feet. The dazzling decoration inside the “Red Fort” would give the devotees the feeling of “Durbar” of a King.
The Navratri Mahotsav will be inaugurated by former BJP President Nitin Gadkari at 9 pm on October 5. The Mayor Anil Sole will preside over the function. Others who will grace the programme include MLA Devendra Fadnavis, Babanrao Taywade, NMC’s Standing Committee Chairman Avinash Thakre, Sagar Meghe, Girish Deshmukh, Corporators Sandeep Joshi, Munnaji Yadav, Prakash Totwani, Jayashree Wadibhasme, Arvind Poreddiwar, Sahakar Maharshi, Shekhar Admane, Industrialist, Praful Gadge, Deepak Nilawar, and others.
The Maha Aarti will be performed daily at 8 pm. Mahaprasad and Maha Yaggya will be performed on Ashtmi, October 14 and the immersion of Maa Durga idol will be held on the same night.
SINDH MATA MANDAL:
“The Darshan of Baba Barfani (Lord Shiva) will be done during the Amarnath Yatra” is the concept and decoration of Sindh Mata Mandal, Khamlawali Mata Mandir, Sindhi Colony, Khamla Nagpur during the Navratri festivity. The General Secretary of the Sindh Mata Mandal and Corporator Prakash Totwani, addressing a press conference, said “The Mandal is organizing the Navratri Mahotsav since 35 years and for 19 years the Manadal has been giving the Mahotsav a Divine form of Yatra for devotees. Till now, the Mandal has taken the devotees on Maa Vaishnavi Cave Yatra, Laxman Jhula, Gujarat’s Akshardham, Kerala’s Ayyappa Temple, Nepal’s Pashupatinath Temple, Tannout Mata Mandir, Nasik Kumbha Mela, Yatra of Colourful Sand Desert, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Jagannath Dham, Tirupati Balaji, Dwarkadhish Dham, Gangotri Dham, Vadodara’s Mahakali Mandir, and Kerala’s Padmanabh Swamy,” Totwani informed.