Chicago IL: In the presence of over 1,000 devotees, dozens of prominent community leaders, generous sponsors, committee members, super donors and volunteers, Umiya Mataji Sanstha Chicago Midwest (UMSCM) celebrated a historic event, honoring and celebrating arrival of Umiya Mataji Jyoti Rath (Chariot) arriving from Macon, Georgia to Chicago, at Itasca Temple, 21W Irving Park Rd, Itasca, Illinois on May 1. The striking Rath representing the temple on the wheel, made this momentous voyage from the Umiya Mataji Temple, a kuladevi of Kadva Patidar Patel.
The event progressed with the exhibit of Jyoti Rath in front of Itasca Temple. Shree Ganesh Stuti was performed followed by Grand Parade (Shobhayatra) of the Rath in perimeter of the Temple. All the devotees followed the Rath with a great gusto by dancing and singing devotional songs.
After this Shubh Yatra, indoor gathering started with welcome speech by M.C. Devendra Patel with Deep ceremony performed by Lalbhai Babu ‘Marsha’, Sitarambhai, Bhailalbhai, Kantibhai (KS), Kantibhai (Kapoor), Mafatbhai (Patel Bros.) and others. Khodabhai (Ken) Patel introduced first Home ‘Padhramni’ host Shree Lalbhai Patel. Dr. Paresh Patel encouraged everyone to join in this project.
KK and Andy Patel successfully managed a fundraising auction program. Members showed their devotedness towards Shree Umiya Mataji by opening their pockets and making financial pledges. Event was followed by Garba and Lunch. At the conclusion, The Rath was taken to the house of the Hiraben & Lalbhai Patel, host of the 1 1st Padharamni’. At their house located at 5225 W Fargo Ave, Skokie, IL. As a result of overwhelming devotion, as of May 14 Rath has already performed ‘Padharamni’ in 41 different homes of the devotees in Chicagoland.
Umiya Mataji Sanstha Chicago or UMSCM is a not for Profit, 501 3 (c), organization was establish in 2016. With a objective to build a first ever Temple of Mataji along with great Community center. The main purpose of the association is to provide a platform for Cultural, Educational, Social, Religious and spiritual needs of Kadva Patidar Samaj. Anyone interested in Jyoti Rath Padhramni at their home or place of business may contact Raju Bhai at 773-716-8459 or Piyush 630-290-9891.