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Maheshwari Southwest Chapter celebrates Diwali in India House
Children presented Ramlila on the occasion

Houston: Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America (MMNA) southwest chapter celebrated Diwali festival with a get-together on November 17. Hundreds of members gathered at the ‘India House’ in Houston. MMNA is a nonprofit organization representing the Maheshwari community in North America. The southwest is one of the chapters consisting of Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. There are other chapters that represent various different regions.

The program started with ‘Ramayan’ performed by kids aging from 2 to 15 years. Committee wanted kids to understand our Ramayan Epic, importance of Diwali and reason for celebrating this festival. All kids were dressed up as different personalities of Ramayan. Followed to Ramayan performance was Laxmi pooja.

MMNA southwest committee recognized the extra ordinary services of Maheshwari people in surrounding societies even services outside Maheshwari community. This year Bhagwanji Bhutada was recognized for his "outstanding work in the South West community" and his commitment towards the social work. Bhagwanji was awarded by Dharma Arya representing Agrawal Samaj. Same way Arun & Meeta Mundra represented Maheshwari Samaj during Agarwaal Samaj Diwali.

Maheshwari Society had cultural events with ‘MMNA got talent’ and ‘Mithai competition’. Community members participated in these events and made it a big success. ‘MMNA got talent’ winner was Mahek Maheshwari. Mithai competition winners were Mayuri Sarda (Pan Ice cream) and Kavitha Pallod (Rabri-Kachori). Society also welcomed all new wed couples & newcomers.

President of Southwest chapter, Sharad Mantri, expressed thanks to the families for their participation. Effort from MMNA SW members and core committee consisting of Sharad Mantri, Arun Mundra, Rakhee Sarada & Shradha Bhutada made this event a success.

Sushma Pallod, director chair-MMNA, briefed national updates; especially invited all forInternational  Maheshwari Rajasthani Convention 2014 at Detroit.

Update: 16-December-2013