Stupendous Work by
Mr & Mrs. Rakesh Rajdev
(રાકેશ રાજદેવ)

For Small Children During Navratri 2022

Navaratri

Navratri is a special time for every Hindu around the world. It is a time when people come together to celebrate the goddess Durga and her nine forms. Hindus will offer prayers, give gifts, and perform special rituals in honor of the goddess for nine nights and ten days. Many Hindus also believe that Navratri is a time when the goddess Durga is especially powerful and can grant special favors to her devotees.

One of the ways that Hindus show their devotion to the goddess during Navratri is by worshiping young girls. Small girls are seen as symbols of innocence and purity, and they are believed to be special conduits for the goddess’ blessings. One couple who has been especially active in giving back during Navratri is Shri Rakesh Rajdev and Mrs. Rupal Rakesh Rajdev, founders of NGO named Kanuda Mitr Mandal. For the past several years, the duo from Rajkot, Gujrat has been organizing special events for small girl kids during the nine nights of the festival.

Rakesh Rajdev (રાકેશ રાજદેવ) Bringing Smile on the Face of Thousands of Underprivileged Children

Before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the couple used to organize different events for small underprivileged girls during Navratri that would include dinner and various competitions for them. The girls would enjoy the delicious food, participating in different competitions, and the gifts that they would receive. This year, Rakesh Rajdev and Rupal Rakesh Rajdev outdid themselves. They took 5000 to 7000 lower-class children to the “Fun World” amusement park in Rajkot, Gujarat for a fun day out on a Sunday. The children were provided free access to rides and were provided with sumptuous snacks throughout the day, including ice cream, popcorn, and lunch.

They also distributed gifts to encourage the children’s education, such as school bags, lunch boxes, and water bottles. This distribution was in memory of Late Vimlaben (respected mother of Sh. Rakesh Rajdev’s mother).

A DJ was also a part of the festivities and many girls took part in the Garba dance. The type of Garba they performed is called Arvachin Garba, that is, the new or modern version of Garba.

The word “Garba” comes from the Sanskrit word “garbha”, which means “womb”. The origin of Garba dance can be traced back to the 9th century, when it was first performed in Gujarat. It is a folk dance that is usually performed during the nine nights of Navratri.

All the folk songs that were written after poet Shri Dayaram Ji have been described as “Arvachin Garba” and the songs written before him are part of ancient Garba.

There was also a competition for “the best traditionally dressed girl”, “best Garbi dancer” and “the best rangoli maker”. At the end of the day, all children were offered Prasadi, that is, the sanctified food, which has been first offered to God.

What better way to please Goddess Durga during the Navratri than by making 7000 underprivileged children smile?

To Wrap It All Up

Sh. Rakesh Rajdev and Mrs. Rupal Rakesh Rajdev, have been working tirelessly to provide for underprivileged young girls in their community. They have set up a special fund to help pay for school fees and supplies, and they have also been organizing different events and activities to keep the girls entertained and engaged. Their work has been a real blessing for the girls, and they are truly making a difference in their lives.
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