Chicago Hindu Mahotsav Group hosts Holi Dhuleti, Ram Navami celebrations

Deep Pragatya puja being conducted, including two children at the April 5 Chicago Hindu Mahotsav Group celebration of Holi and Ram Navami. PHOTO: CHMG

The Chicago Hindu Mahotsav Group recently celebrated the festival of Holi-Dhuleti and the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Sri Ram which was attended by more than 150 members and guests.

The Chicago Hindu Mahotsav Group, dedicated to promoting cultural heritage and fostering a sense of community among Hindus in the Chicago area, holds various events and initiatives celebrating traditions and bringing people together in joyous celebration, a press release from CHMG said.

Attendees dressed as Sri Ram, Sita, and Hanuman ji, delighted attendees at the celebrations hosted by Chicago Hindu Mahotsav Group. PHOTO: CHMG

The April 5, 2024, festivities took place at the National India Hub in Schaumburg, IL, where the hall was transformed into a colorful and festive space adorned with images of Ram Darbar, Sanatani flags, and vibrant torans.

The program commenced with a soulful rendition of Ganesh Vandana by young talents Vedarth, aged 6, and his brother Anirved, aged 3. Their performance included Bhajan Kirtan and the divine verses of Sunderkand.

Members and guests at the April 5 celebrations of Holi and Ram Navami hosted by Chicago Hindu Mahotsav Group. PHOTO: CHMG

Dignitaries at the event included Vandana Jhingan, Chanchal Jhingan Dr. Ashish Patel, Amar Upadhyay, Rohit Joshi, Shailesh Rajput, Founder of CHMG Group, and Jagdish Thakkar, senior advisor of CHMG Group.

Attendees enjoyed playing with colors to celebrate Holi – Dhuleti, and exchanging tilak blessings. Prasad bags containing Dhani, Khajur, and Patasha were distributed to all attendees, adding to the festive cheer.

Ceremony at the Chicago Hindu Mahotsav Group’s celebration of Ram Navami. PHOTO: CHMG

The highlight of the evening was the arrival of Bal Swaroop Raghav – Ram Lalla on a swing, accompanied by Jagdish and Urvashi Thakkar and family. Pandya ji performed rituals and prayers to welcome Bhagvan Raghav (Ram Lalla) on his Janma Diwas.

Also, the revered trio of Ram ji, Sita ji, and Hanuman ji made an entrance, spreading blessings on the gathering. Yomal Chouhan portrayed Bhagwan Sri Ram, Jahnvi depicted Mata Sita ji, and Arvind Ankleshwaria portrayed Hanuman ji.

Shailesh Rajput, the founder president, encouraged active participation in future programs, including tours to local temples, casino outings, and upcoming celebrations for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

The Sunderkand was recited drawing everyone into a meditative state; birthdays and marriage anniversaries were honored, and thanks given to volunteers, supporters, and donors, followed by dinner.

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