(also known as Chandrouti Maraj and Aunty Chan)
Since her childhood, Mrs. Maraj has been engaging in the propagation of Sanatan Dharma in guyana. She is from the reputable Sankar family from Delph Street, Cambelville, Georgetown. Married and settled in the ancient county of berbice, and has made tremendous contribution to hinduism in that region. She's a qualified hindi teacher and has been teaching hindi for over 45 years. Many of her students have been honored with scholarships to study at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan in Agra, India. Recently she was honored by the Guyana Hindi Prachaar Sabha for her work.
Aunty Chan is also one of guyana's first female bhajan singer to have done a recording. In 1979, she recorded the famous Kevat Katha from Tulsidas's Ramayan with bhajans. She is a prominent and well respected speaker of the Ramayan. A text that is dear to her heart and which she admits learning from her Aja (grandfather).
She serves as a beacon within the community in berbice. She has rendered opening prayers at various sites on behalf of hindus, from the recent opening of the Little Rock Suites hotel to the Berbice Campus of the University of Guyana. Whenever the request is made for prayers, be it at World Remembrance Day to Indian Arrival Day, Mrs. Maraj takes great pride in praying for her country.
Recently at the National Ramnavami Celebration in berbice, she was again awarded with a plaque for her continuous effort in propagating Sanatan Dharma.
She has touched the lives of many with her voice, songs, and more so her advices which are sought after by many. She can be seen weekly on the television on the religious program Amar Jyoti in berbice, a program which she started some 8 years ago with Mr. Nauth and Pandit Vidyanand Persaud.
The personal impact she has made to my life is indescribable. I sometimes refer to her as my Mataji (Mother figure), sometimes she's a friend, sometimes as a spiritual companion. However it's coined, Mrs. Maraj is one of my vidya gurus. Someone who continuously teaches me how to live life. I'm grateful for her blessings and support. I'm grateful to her family for allowing me into their lives, her husband, Mr. Ramesh Maraj, both of her sons Naresh and Satesh with their respective families. I'm even more grateful for making me a part of the Sri Krishna family at the Hindu Society of Berbice, Sri Krishna Mandir.
Today she continues to teach hindi, sanskrit recitations, and devotional singing at the temple. She also leads with the children of the temple in conducting temple service on sunday mornings and special occasions.
Together with the Sri Krishna Mandir family, i would like to recogize Mataji Chandravati Maraj for all of her dedicated work towards the propagation and preservation of Sanatan Dharma. We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to her. For sure, her name has been immortalized in the hearts that she touched. Thank you Mataji.........Jai Sri Krishna.
With prem and pranaam
Pandit Rajin Balgobind