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South Brunswick: Indo-American Cultural Foundation Of Central Jersey To Host Annual Grand Navaratri Garba This Month

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central Jersey (IACFNJ) will hold its annual Grand Navratri Garba celebration in South Brunswick from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31, the organization announced.

The first four days of Garba will be held at the Crossroads South Middle School, 195 Major Road in Monmouth Junction, and the last day, Oct. 31, the celebration will take place at South Brunswick High School, 750 Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction, according to the organization.

The organization said the Navratri celebration marks the festival of nine nights during which Hindus worship Goddess of Shakti Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

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Hindus believe the Goddess Durga destroys all the evil propensities lurking the minds of her devotees, Goddess Lakshmi implants divine qualities in the devotee’s minds and Goddess Saraswati bestows true knowledge to her devotees.

The 10th day, also known as Vijay Dashami, commemorates the victory of good over evil.

Navratri, as the name suggests, means nine nights, and is one of the important Hindu festivals, according to the organization.

It is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, the deity of Power.

Each of the days of the nine-day festival are dedicated to the worship of different forms of Goddess Durga, which unfolds the religious importance of the occasion, according to the group.

The IACFNJ said it will hold this year’s Garba in a state of the art gymnasiums at the Middle School and High School in South Brunswick, providing a highly secured environment and culturally diverse neighborhood where South Asians are highly populated in surrounding towns of North Brunswick, Franklin Park, Princeton, Princeton Junction, Monroe, East Brunswick, Robbinsville and East and West Windsor.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend each day to celebrate Hindu’s religious and cultural festival, according to the group.

For many years, the IACFNJ Garba has been the model of one of the biggest, safest and most well organized garba events in the state, according to the group.

Once again, Mahesh Mehta and his artists from Bollywood and local singers and musicians of Entertainment Unlimited will rock the stage with singing old and new garbas, dandiya tunes, famous sanedo and bhangaras with non-stop live entertainment for more than six hours on all five days, according to the group.

The special attraction of the event will be participation from high school kids of various ethnic and cultural back grounds which is rarely seen at any other Garba events in the country, according to the group.

The Goddess Amba Maa’s divine traditional Aarti and prayer will be performed on all five days followed by the Prasad to all attendees.

The center stage will be decorated with Goddess Amba Maa’s statue in a temple setting where the atmosphere will feel like divine and traditional Navratri celebrations like back home in India, according to the group.

The cafeteria will have food stalls of various traditional Indian delicacies as well as other local vendors with various clothing, jewelry and traditional items for sale, which will be an added convenience and attraction for the attendees, according to the organization.

Local business entrepreneurs, community leaders, local and state public officials and large number of Asian Indians will attend the celebration to support IACFNJ community efforts to keep Indian culture and heritage alive in this country, the group said.

The IACFNJ’s executive committee, trustees and other committee members and volunteers under the leadership of President Chairman Murthy Yerramilli, President Hitesh Patel, Vice Presidents Mahesh Patel and Dr. Tushar Patel, Secretary Deven Patel and Treasurer Mac Shah and the entire committee and volunteers are working very hard to organize this event once again, the group said.

For further information about the event, please visit www.IACFNJ.org or e-mail at iacfnj@yahoo.com.

 

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