Celebration of 125th Anniversary of Shepherd Memorial Church of North India, Chetak Circle, Udaipur

During the first dozen years of Dr. James Shepherd’s ministry and work in this region, the little Christian community had grown to only some 50 souls. There was as yet no Church building and Dr. Shepherd, longed to have one, not only in interest of reverent worship but as a visible witness to the Gospel in the Mewar State. On 4th August 1889, a suitable piece of land was secured as a gracious gift from the Maharana Fateh Singh, 73rd Custodian of House of Mewar.  Dr Shepherd, regarding money for the Church building construction, he writes in one of his letters, “Our friends in the station are most helpful and ever willing to do what they can do us in the way of helping on the work”.  The then, state Engineer, Mr. Campbell Thompson took keenest interest in it. The building, though not a large one, is of exceptionally beautiful design. This church was opened on 5th July 1891.  In token of the respect and friendship, there was a large gathering at the first divine worship service, with which the Church was opened.  Maharana Fateh Singh and many of the leading nobles were present besides a humble folk. The worship service was conducted in the vernacular by Rev. John Traill.

Since then, this church continues to serve as a pivot for Christian community in the city for growing spiritually and collectively. At present, more than a thousand attend praise and worship of God on each Sunday and participate in Lord’s Supper and other religious sacraments regularly. In addition, church also extends his helping hand to poor and marginalised people in nearby villages through its social outreach from time to time. Currently, the Church is supervised by the presbyter in-charge Rev Raimson Victor under the overall administration of the Rajasthan Diocese of Church of India (CNI) which is located in Ajmer. Besides, the church remains opened throughout the weekdays for meditation and prayers for believers. The Shepherd Memorial Church also attracts many visitors to enjoy and appreciate its beauty and its architecture.

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The Shepherd Memorial Church of North India is celebrating its 125 years of consecration on 5th July 2016 and the celebration started on 3rd July 2016. It is a shining example of how an open door policy towards new ideas and concepts can help build and sustain a city; how dedicated professionals can be given space and time to serve the needs of a citizenry; and how a humane environment can be created where respect and love among people grows.

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Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar and Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation attended the celebration on 3rd July 2016 at Shepherd Memorial Church of North India, Udaipur. He was welcomed by The Most Rev. P. K. Samantaroy, Moderator – Church of North India along with Rt. Rev. Warris K. Masih, Bishop – Diocese of Delhi & Moderator’s Episcopal Commissary, Rt. Rev. Collin C. Theodore, Former Bishop – Diocese of Rajasthan and Rev. Raimson Victor, Presbyter In-Charge, Shepherd Memorial Church, Church of North India, Udaipur.
“In commemorating the 125 years of Shepherd Memorial Church, we are paying homage to our collective past and sharing the living heritage of Mewar with the new generations of today,” said Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, humbled as he is by the achievements of his illustrious forefathers.

Spreading smiles & Bringing Delight to the life of Underprivileged Kids on the 16th of every Month

Apple Delight at The Celebration Mall, Udaipur has come up with a unique way of spreading smiles. On the 16th of every month, they throw a party to some very special guests. The guest list covers underprivileged kids from various groups. A batch of about 20 people is invited between 11am and 1pm and so begins the fun. The children are given a tour of the mall, followed by lots of games, awesome drinks and snacks for the kids. The idea behind this to add fun to the kids’ lives.
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On 16th May 2016, students from Vishwas Samarpit, an institute that caters to the differently abled and poor children were invited. They were the happiest bunch of kids. Honest at heart, happy in the eyes, these kids made the other “normal” people think deep about being so negative in life. They played games, danced and sang, had little treats, rode a tram. Here’s a sneak-peek of the fun they had.
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
Apple Delight Udaipur - The 16th
When asked about the origin of this awesome idea, the owner of Apple Delight, Mr.Shekhar answered very beautifully. He said “I have seen people do charity, give money to the needy, visit orphanages and schools. But these kids don’t get to go on a lot of outings and have fun like what people like us get to have. It’s mostly because of the financial crisis o the families they come from, who are trying hard to make ends meet. In this process of survival, the childhood of these kids gets compromised. Most of them are living to either meet ends or learning to be able to contribute to the basic necessities of the family. I want these kids to become more than just someone who’d work hard and be capable enough to earn and lead a respectable life. I want them to dream. I want their lives colourful. I want them to have the kind of fun their childhood deserves. They come here as kids with burden of their daily life, looking for every chance to catch some fun. But when they go back, they are kids with the eyes so bright. They are laughing their hearts out. My aim is to make them think beyond what they have. My aim is make them better persons, by giving them the dreams they deserve but are not yet exposed to.”
We asked him the reason behind choosing the 16th as the Big Delight Day. The answer was equally intense. He said “I was blessed with a daughter on 16th November 2015. We have named her Dharmikaa. I believe she is the biggest blessing in my life. She has changed my perspective about everything. I couldn’t think of a better way of repaying her than becoming a better person for her. I want to be father she looks up to when she grows up. I want her to be kind, generous and warm hearted. I want her life to be filled with happiness and blessings. And the joy in these children’s eyes are blessing enough for me.
Mr.Shekhar, we respect your ideology. May your example inspire many others to stop looking for excuses and start adding value to the society.
If you are going through a phase of self-doubt or are looking for a meaning of your life, do visit Apple delight on the 16th of every month between 11am and 1pm and lose yourself in the fun. Maybe in the moment of true happiness, you find yourself! Till then, Cheers! ☺
Written By: Akanksha Luthra

Udaipur to get pee-powered toilets

UDAIPUR: Soon public toilets in Udaipur would be lit up using ‘urine-tricity’, electricity produced by urine. The bio-energy research team from the University of West England, Bristol and Wells for India, a UK-based NGO, are planning to set up the first ‘pee-power’ generation plant and first functional urinal in Udaipur city within six months under the Swachh Bharat Mission. If the field trials are successful, it would be widely launched across the country. The research team has been visiting various villages in the district these days to look for the possibility of field testing their first trials. During their visit on Saturday, members of the team Clare Backman and Irene Merino Jimenez met the zila parishad officials and were quite satisfied by the response they received from the villagers.

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“The urine bio-fuel cell technology could be used for many things such as charging mobile phones and other applications involving low electricity current,” Clare said. “The pee-powered toilet could vastly improve women’s safety in urinals or toilets that are often poorly-lit. By lighting we can create a safe environment so that women can go out, use the toilets even at night fearlessly,” informed O P Sharma, the country director, Wells for India.

via : TOI

World Biodiversity day celebrated by Pukaar in Udaipur

With a motive to preserve natural biodiversity of Udaipur, City youth Pukaar celebrated World Biodiversity day on Sunday at 4 Bata Park of Sector 14 by conducting a plantation drive.

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According to founder Mr. Bhuvnesh Ojha, team and colony members together planted 18 different species of fruits and endangered saplings like Baheda, Mahua, Kachnar, Jack Fruit etc.
Colony person Mr. Gajendra Singh shared the importance of biodiversity with members and also took oath to save these saplings. Colony members showed their zeal to protect environment and actively participated in drive.
Member of team, Vinayak Wadhwani informed that due to intensive deforestation wild animals and birds are losing their natural environment due to which they marginalized to extinction and moving towards villages and cities.
From past 3 years team Pukaar is trying to recover bio diversity of city by Cleaning and doing regular plantation in vacant public parks.

International Museum Day celebrated at The City Palace Museum

Every year since 1977, International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organised International Museum Day (IMD) which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development.
The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” The theme of 2016 International Museum Day will be MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPES.

 

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The City Palace Museum, Udaipur was set up with an objective to safeguard and preserve the cultural heritage and the time honoured traditions of the people of Mewar. On May 18th The City Palace Museum, Udaipur celebrated International Museum Day 2016 with the following events and activities from 10 am – 4 pm:

  • Hilarious Mime shows at Baadi Mahal, The City Palace Museum based on these themes of museums.
  • Drink and Drive
  • Mobile and Mo-bike
  • Selfiee Stupid
  • Troubling the Tourist
  • Wash-basin without Water
  • Smoking Delight at Public Places
  • Dust free Dustbin
  • Museum …Miserable
  • Making Cultural Landscapes of The City Palace, Udaipur at Moti Chowk, in which children and adults both can participate and paint on paper.
  • Savour the Living Heritage Flavours of Landscape of Mewar: Enjoy Food Gallery at The Lakshmi Chowk, Zenana Mahal with Millets of Mewar; Banyan Roots, Butter Milk and Gunijan Ayurvedic Natural Medicines.