Celebration of arrival of Umiya Mataji Jyoti Rath to Chicago

  • Devotees chanting Bhajan in Grand Parade (Shobhayatra) of the Umiya Mataji Jyoti Rath in perimeter of the Itasca Temple.

    Devotees chanting Bhajan in Grand Parade (Shobhayatra) of the Umiya Mataji Jyoti Rath in perimeter of the Itasca Temple. Courtesy of Suresh Bodiwala

Suresh Bodiwala
Updated 5/25/2016 9:41 AM

Chicago, IL: On Sunday, May 1, 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 celebrated historic event, honoring and celebrating arrival of Umiya Mataji Jyoti Rath (Chariot) arriving from Macon, Georgia to the Itasca Temple, 21 W. Irving Park Road in Itasca. This striking Rath representing the temple on the wheel, made this momentous voyage from the Umiya Mataji Temple located in Macon, Georgia. Shree Umiya Mataji is a kuldevi 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. Mr. 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 toward 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. in Skokie. As a result of overwhelming devotion, as of May 14, Rath has already performed 'Padharamni' in 41 different homes of the devotees in the Chicago area.

Umiya Mataji Sanstha Chicago is a nonprofit, 501(3)(c) organization, established in 2016. With an 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 should contact Raju Bhai at (773) 716-8459 or Piyush (630) 290-9891.