Wednesday 20 September 2017 | Bhadarva Vad 30, Samvat 2073

Wed 20 Sep 2017

Bicentenary of Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa was celebrated on the 3rd day of the Mahotsav. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s Sadbhav Amrut Parva was celebrated during the evening

The 3rd day of the Mahotsav commenced at 5.30am, with Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performing the mangla aarti of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa in the new Mandir. Recitals of the scriptures, Pradeepika Tikopeta Shikshapatri and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth continued in the assembly marque. A procession was held from the Mandir to the assembly marque, led by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band. Behind Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s chariot, the women disciples of the families who had held scripture recitals carried offerings for the Lord.

In Samvat 1863, Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa manifested in the village of Chuda. His bicentenary is therefore this year. Accordingly, Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa 200th Manifestation is being celebrated as part of this festival. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed poojan to Sadguru Shree Nirgundasji Swamibapa and performed aarti.

In the presence of the guests at this assembly, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presented charitable donations to various needy causes. The guests included Inspector A K Jadeja, Kutch District Police; Dr Chandrasingh Jadeja, Vice Chancellor Kutch University; Shri Haribhai Halai, President of Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj; Shri Arjanbhai Pindoria, President of Kutchi Leva Patel Medical & Education Trust; Shri R R Patel, Trustee of Kutchi Leva Patel Medical & Education Trust. Donations were given to the following charities; Kutchi Leva Patel Medical & Education Trust, Shri Maldhari Mangal Mandir Trust, Shri Bharasar Gram Vikas Samiti, Shri Bharasar Pani Yojana Samiti, Bharasar Gau-rakshan Sanstha, Bharasar Mitra Seva Mandal, Bharasar Physiotherapy Centre and Shri Bharasar Hindu Smasan-gruha.

Benefactors of the scripture recitals brought offerings for the Lord, performed adoration to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the sacred scriptures and the narrators of the recitals. They then performed aarti and were blessed by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the inauguration of 18 new e-books, which are now available from the website.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj blessed the assembly, in which he explained the strength of living in accordance with the guidance of our elders. “When living in a community, there will always be instances when quarrels and disputes occur. But having the wisdom to suppress one’s own will and doing what the Lord directs is the way to resolve the disorder. That is why Lord Shree Swaminarayan identified Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa as the leader of the entire Faith so if anyone wishes to resolve a dispute, his direction is always to be followed.

“Our direction in life must always be to aware of how Gurudev Swamibapa wants us to behave, to think, to see, to speak etc. and life our life accordingly. That is the magical formula for true success in life.”

After the divine blessings, disciples who had contributed to the construction of the new Mandir were presented with Prasad and momentos.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s Sadbhav Amrut Parva was celebrated during the evening. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band led Acharya Swamishree Maharaj from Purushottam Pragatya-dham to the farm where the event was held. As Acharya Swamishree Maharaj entered the arena, young disciples performed a dance and led him to the front of the stage. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presided amongst a splendid display of 2075 kg kesar mangos. The following morning, the mangos were distributed to various orphanages, old people’s care homes and food banks in the region. Sants and disciples performed dances and presented a celebrations cake. All the time, fireworks were lit in the sky. On behalf of all the Sants and disciples, Sadguru Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swami prayed to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to bless us all with the strength, wisdom and understanding so that we can become worthy of the mercy he has bestowed upon us all. The panchamrut snan of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s lotus feet was performed and disciples were given the opportunity to perform aarti. Disciples also presented an Innova car to Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan on this special occasion.