iacfnj_logo-hrIndo-American Cultural Foundation of Central Jersey – IACFNJ will hold their Grand Navratri Garba celebration in South Brunswick on October 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2016, from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Cross Roads South Middle School, 195 Major Road in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. The Navratri celebration marks the festival of nine nights during which Hindus worship Goddess of Shakti Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Hindus believe Goddess Durga destroys all the evil propensities lurking the minds of her devotees, Goddess Lakshmi implants divine qualities in the devotee’s minds and Goddess Saraswati bestows true knowledge to her devotees. The tenth day also known as Vijay Dashami, commemorates the victory of good over evil. Fun and enjoyment are the aspects of the festivals, which sets the festive mood. Navratri, as the name suggests, means nine nights. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals which dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, the deity of Power. Each day of the nine-day festival are dedicated to the worship of different forms of Goddess Durga, which unfolds the religious importance of the occasion.

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IACFNJ will hold this year’s Garba in a state of the art gymnasium at the Middle School in South Brunswick in a highly secured environment. South Brunswick and surrounding areas are culturally diverse neighborhood where South Asians are highly populated in surrounding towns of North Brunswick, Franklin Park, Princeton, Hightstown, Princeton Junction, Monroe, East Brunswick, Robbinsville and East and West Windsor. More than 2000 people are expected to attend each day to celebrate Hindu’s religious and cultural festival. For the past many years, IACFNJ Garba has been one of the biggest, non-commercial and family oriented, safest and well organized state of the art garba event in the state. Once again, famous group of Mahesh Mehta and his talented artists from Bollywood and local singers and musicians of Entertainment Unlimited will rock the stage with famous old and new live singing of traditional garbas, dandiya, famous sanedo and bhangaras with live entertainment for more than five hours on all five days. The participants from all age groups from all generations will shake the floor with so much energy and variety of dance styles and costumes on all five days.

The cultural diversity of Central Jersey will be witnessed at the event where the attendees will from all over India and other neighboring countries. The special attraction of the event will be participation from high school kids of various ethnic and cultural back grounds which is rarely seen at any other Garba events in the country. The Goddess Amba Maa’s divine traditional Aarti and prayer will be performed on all five days followed by the Prasad to all attendees. The center stage will be decorated with Goddess Amba Maa’s statue in a temple setting where the atmosphere will feel like divine and traditional Navratri celebration like back home in India. The cafeteria will have food stalls of various mouth-watering and traditional Indian delicacies as well as other local vendors with various clothing, jewelry and traditional items booths which will be added convenience and attractions to the attendees.

The local business entrepreneurs, community leaders, local and state public officials and large number of Asian Indians will attend the celebration to support IACFNJ community efforts to keep Indian culture and heritage alive in the state. The IACFNJ dedicated and enthusiastic Executive committee, Trustees and other committee members and volunteers under the leadership of President Hitesh Patel, Chairman Murthy Yerramilli, Vice Presidents Mahesh Patel and Dr. Tushar Patel, Secretary Deven Patel, Treasurer Mac Shah, Joint Secretary Deep Shukla, Joint Treasurer Rajesh Patel, Trustees Raoji Patel, Rewo Nawani, Jadhav Chaudhari and the entire committee and volunteers are working very hard to organize this event once again to have a grand success. For further information about the event, please visit organization web site at www.IACFNJ.org or e-mail at iacfnj@yahoo.com.