Have you heard about the festival namely Navratri?
It is one of the significant festivals in Hindu religion and it is celebrated throughout the country in many ways. But the dates of the festival will change somewhat each year based on the Hindu Lunar Calendar. The festival usually starts on the Pratipada – the first day of the Hindu month Chaitra (March/April) and again in the Sharad (September/October).
During the festival for the Navratri, the nine goddesses will be worshipped over these nine days. Nava means Nine and Ratri means night. This explains the nine nights of the festivals. One of the most important aspects of the festival is the practice of charity.
People like Rakesh Rajdev and Rupalben Rajdev do a tremendous amount of charity work for people who face more challenges to fulfil their basic needs in life. Those who observe the festival worship the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. Though the festival is celebrated in different areas it’s celebrated for different reasons in those areas.
Since the Goddess Durga is a form of feminine energy, it is believed that young girls are a form of Goddess. Also, fasting is the essence of this festival and holds special spiritual significance.
This year, Rakesh Rajdev and Rupalben Rajdev celebrated the Navratri in a special way. They organized a special event for the small children during this festival. They organized this festival at Fun World Amusement Park in Rajkot. They invited thousands of small kids who don’t have enough money to have fun in these parks.
During the event, the children were treated with free rides and also the snacks and sweets were offered to the kids. The snacks include ice cream, popcorn and cold drinks. The children were offered free gifts that will support their education. It includes school bags, water bottles and lunch boxes. This donation was dedicated to the memory of the late mother of Rakesh Rajdev– Vimlaben Rajdev.
The kids loved every minute in the Amusement Park and some of the girls also performed the Garba dance in response to the DJ’s music. It is a symbolic dance which celebrates the feminine form of divinity. The name of the dance – Garba – comes from the Sanskrit word Garbha which means womb. The dance was performed by the girls and women in a circle around the clay lantern.
At the end of the event, all the children were offered the Prasadi –holy food and gifts were also distributed during the festival.Also, at the event, the essence of the festival and the importance of this festival were taught to the children. They educated the children on the benefits of fasting to the body. The kids were also taught how to make easy and simple foods for fasting such as sabudana khichdi.
Rakesh Rajdev and Rupalben Rajdev celebrated this festival in this unique way by carrying out charity activities so that they can support needy people and children in society in some way.
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