|Entrance of the beautiful Ridvan Garden|
Celebration will be hosted by Mr. Rajendra Upadhyaye. Orthodox Baha’is from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, New Delhi, Dombivili, Kalyan, Baroda, Nagpur and all the friends of Thane District will participate in it.
Ridvan is the Anniversary of Bahá'u'lláh's Declaration of His Prophetic Mission to His followers.
Ridvan Messages, a Tradition of Guardian of the Faith
In the year 1923, the First Guardian of Baha’i Faith Shoghi Effendi sent a letter of encouragement and greeting to the American national Bahá'í convention at Ridvan. Later it was his regular practice to write a Ridvan letter to the Bahá'ís of the world summarizing the progress of the Faith in the previous year and setting out general directions for the coming year.
The Living Guardian of Baha’i Faith Joel Bray Marangella follows the tradition of the first Guardian and he also writes a Ridvan Letter to the Orthodox Baha’is of the world. (Sans Guardian UHJ cannot write a Ridvan Letter to the Baha’is).
Hands of the Cause of God Appointed by Third Guardian are:
1. Marilyn Meyer
2. Madeline Byers (posthumous)
3. Nosrat'u'llah Bahremand
4. Jeffrey Goldberg
5. David Maxwell
6. Y.H. Taylor
7. Grace Behrens (posthumous)
8. Joel JaniMarangella
9. James Meyer
10. Dr. A. Parikh
11. Martin Lavallee
12. Frank Schlatter (Departed Soul)
We extend our heartiest Ridvan Greetings to all the Bahais of the world and invite them on this great festival to look in the matter of continuity of guardianship.
With Best Abha Greetings,
The Chairman of the National Bahai Council of India.