The grand annual celebration of Durga Puja organized by North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samity sees a lot of devotees visiting the pandal at Hotel Tulip Star, Juhu to seek blessings of the deity every day.
But, today was a special day for children from the Dilkhush Special School. The pandal saw around 40 children from Dilkhush Special School which is managed by the Society of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The children were more than excited to come see Maa Durga in person. The reason being, before the children are gathered for the pandal visit, they are explained the significance of the festival which creates a lot of curiosity.
Minal Gupta who is the special educator says, “Before getting the children to the pandal, we show them the story of Durga Maa and its significance. This builds up the excitement and they can’t wait to see it for themselves. Every year, we get them to the North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja. The feeling comes alive once they see the idol for themselves. Their source of happiness reaches another levels and we strive to keep them happy and engaged. It is a beautiful feeling for them as it bring outs the essence of the whole festival.”
Aanchal Patalkar one of the special child says, “ I feel very good coming here each year as I feel peaceful. Maa Durga looks very pretty and this year too is no different.”
About the Trust:
The Mukerji family’s Durga Puja is a Mumbai based non-profit organization which is involved in various charitable causes through its vast and distinguished member base. The trust was founded in 1948 by Mr. Sasadhar Mukerji of Bombay Talkies also a well-known Hindi films producer, a Padma Shri Awardee and the one who is described as the founder of Filmistan & Filmalaya Studios, along with Mr. J. M. Bhadra and other family members and like-minded people of the Santacruz area. The founding committee consisted of 26 members, led by Mr. Sasadhar Mukerji as its President. Today, Mr. Deb Mukerji is the Secretary of North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja. Over the years, the Trust’s followers has expanded to more than 50,000 and voluntary work by these dedicated members keeps the organization committed to its primary objectives.
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