About 50 years back , Late Shri Meherchandji Mehra along with his team mates Shri Sardarilal Khanna ,Late Shri Roop Lal Puri,Shri OmPrakash Sehgal, Shri RamLubhaya Agrawal, Late Shri Jagdish Khanna, Shri Darshan Beri, Late Shri Banarasidas Chopra, Late Shri Rampal Arora, Shri Pritamdayal Chaudhary, Shri KunjBihari Seth, Shri Premnath Gupta took the initiative to start “Mata Vaishnodevi Jagaran Mandli Trust Reg.) ” to show their faith/devotion and love towards Devi Maa.
This mandli is one of the oldest in Mumbai. All the sevaks who joined together with single cause is to chant Bhajans to show their devotion / love / affection towards Devi Maa. On the way many more people came along to show their gratitude and efforts to teach the young generation value of being good human being , the one who is always ready to help needed one , to show respect and harmony towards other religion, to thank Almighty for giving this wonderful universe to us and this world to live in.
Today the life has become more complex, there are more worries, there are many things for which we never get satisfaction and always remain in a tense situation. Our main objective is to teach such people the value of life and bhakti. Whatever the situation, this world is still a beautiful place to live in; with a proper blend of Bhakti & devotion one can live life peacefully and happily.
With due respect, we are trying to follow the footsteps of these inspiring predecessors who have put their selfless efforts for the smooth functioning of the mandali. Our love and efforts symbolized by dedication, determination and absolute devotion to our beloved Goddess Maa Vaishno Devi.
Today with Mataji's grace, we, the successors of the above mentioned devotees along with some other's , are putting our heart and soul in continuing this tradition; as also trying towards a common goal of reaching self actualization. Our Mandali are the team of non professional individuals (all of them have well settled business in their respective profession) and has joined together to serve the society/ religion.
In Mataji's devotional songs every individual, whether a writer, poet, or a lyricist, conveys his thoughts from deep within his soul. These devotional songs are engraved with Mataji's praises, portrayal, depiction, and experiences of joy as well as sorrow; ones love, belief, and faith in Her; as also lively and sweet tussles' between Mataji and her devotees. These songs also reflect trust, hope and a very positive mixture of thoughts. In Mataji's jaagran we try to praise almost all the gods without making any differences. Hardeep Mehra (Tony)
Jagrata is performed all through the night to thank the holy mother for her blessings and all the love she has bestowed upon us. It is believed that one who approaches the mother with a pure heart never returns empty handed.
All major religions of the world have prayers written in praise of the almighty. Some prayers are meant to be whispered, some chanted aloud and some are to be sung. Hinduism has a vast category of devotional songs too. Most of these songs were written thousands of years ago by Rishis, Munis and prominent Indian philosophers of those times. The songs. Were mostly written on dried leaves and therefore were very difficult to preserve. Each century has contributed to this vast array, although names of authors are mostly unknown. Surprisingly, most of their work has traveled down the times by word of mouth and by their sheer popularity.
There are many distinct categories of singing styles prevalent in the diverse culture of India . Devotional songs in northern part of India fall into several popular categories like Bhajan, Bhent, Mantra, Shlok, Kirtan etc.
In a Jagran, the holy mother is invoked by singing aloud the devotional songs (Bhents) and invited to grace the gathering with her presence. It is believed that the mother visits in form of a Jyot which is lit before the ceremony.
Please note that we perform a smaller version of the jagrata called a chaunki that normally lasts from 9 pm until midnight. This is because we understand that most of the devotees (Bhagats) travel very long distances to attend the jagrata and many of them with little children . As per suggestions from a lot of our patrons, the time of 7.30 PM to 11.30 PM was agreed upon on Every Saturday to encourage maximum participation from everybody.