CVB NEWS- The ritual of aarti is a prominent custom followed in Hindu temples, but you will find strange yet striking that a church in Mahesana district of Gujarat practises this ancient Hindu ritual since last three decades. This church in irana village of Mahesana, popularly known as Uteswar Dham mistakenly considered as a Hindu worship place by many. The church depicts Mother Mary riding camel with young Jesus. They have respectfully named her Uteswari and Maria Mata G.
Word Uteswari literally means ‘Lady riding a camel’. Interestingly, the Rawal community which resides in this village is into camel trade and hence they portrayed Mary on a camel.
The devotees perform the rituals of aarti on every Wednesday and Sunday to offer prayers. These prayers are amalgamation of cultures from east and west, what makes this Church very distinctive.