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Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
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Day 2 - Murti Pratishtha Ceremony
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs mangla aarti to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa at Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Cultural Center Chicago Sants and priests sing the praises of Lord Shree Swaminarayan during mangla aarti Divine darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree after mangla aarti Disciples offer His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree a garland hand strung with over 70,000 cloves
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and disciples light the flame of peace at the entrance of Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Culture Center Chicago Disciples hail Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa as they prepare to enter the temple His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives darshan with disciples at the intricately carved wooden temple entrance door Swamibapa Pipe Band perform to please Lord SwaminaryanBapa Swamibapa
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives disciples prasad sweets His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree showers disciples waiting below with prasad sweets Hundreds of Disciples below the temple entrance prepare for Prasad sweets His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree releases the sacred thread at the entrance door of the temple
Disciples carry His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree through the temple His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives darshan with disciples in the temple His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to Lord Swaminarayan His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to the divine lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayan
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to the divine murti within the sinhasan His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to Jeevanpran Bapashree His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to the divine lotus feet of Jeevanpran Bapashree His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to Jeevanpran Muktajeevan Swamibapa
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to the divine lotus feet of Muktajeevan Swamibapa His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree begins the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree holds a beetle leaf with the petals of fresh fragrant flowers and meditates the divine murti of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree holds a beetle leaf with the petals of fresh fragrant flowers
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree ties the sacred thread around the priests who are performing the Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree ties the sacred thread around the Sants who are performing the Murti Pratishtha ceremony A view of the auspicious ceremonial items offered to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa as part of the Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony meditating the divine murti of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony
Disciples have gathered from around the world to take part in the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony Divine darshan of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj adorned in a garland made of hand strung cloves His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bathes Shree Harikrishna Maharaj in the five nectars His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to Shree Harikrishna Maharaj
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to Shree Harikrishna Maharaj His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree lights the divine Murti Pratishtha ceremonial fire with wooden sticks covered in purified butter (ghee) As part of the Murti Pratishtha ceremony, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree adds a wooden spoonful of purified butter (ghee) to the fire as priests and Sants chant mantras in Sanskrit that describe the various divine attributes of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa Video footage is shot continously over the duration of the entire ceremony
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers arti to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers arti to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers arti to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa A view from the rear of the main temple hall at Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Cultural Center Chicago during the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony Disciples attend the auspicious Murti Pratishtha ceremony His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree showers the fire with fresh fragrant flower petals concluding this part of the Murti Pratishtha ceremony
Disciples begin the Murti Pratishtha Ceremony in the main temple hall at Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Cultural Center Chicago Disciples perform in the auspicious Murti Pratishtha Ceremony Disciples perform in the auspicious Murti Pratishtha Ceremony Disciples perform in the auspicious Murti Pratishtha Ceremony
A close up view of all of the various items used during the divine Murti Pratishtha ceremony A close up view of all of the various items used during the divine Murti Pratishtha ceremony A view of the auspicious flame that burns throughout the Murti Pratishtha ceremony The majestic view of the divine Sinhasen and the murtis of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa in front of the pooja items
Disciples in the main temple hall conclude the Murti Pratishtha ceremony for today Swamibapa Pipe Band line both of the stairways leading to Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Culture Center Chicago waiting to perform and welcome His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree enters the sabha mandap welcomed by Swamibapa Pipe Band Swamibapa Pipe Band perform to please Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa
Divine darshan of Shree Harikrisna Maharaj and the garland presented to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree.  These garlands are made using over 70,000 cloves hand strung together Divine darshan of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj adorned in a garland stung from hundreds of cloves A Sant of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi continues the recital of the divine Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and Bapashree ni Vato holy scriptures Disciples hail Lord SwaminararyanBapa Swamibapa as His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree begins His Divine Ashirwad
Disciples escort His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree down the steps of Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Cultural Center Chicago A garland made from thousands of hand strung cloves is offered to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree
Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree The magnificent chariot is pulled through the new temple grounds as His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives darshan to all Swamibapa Pipe Band perform escorting His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree through the temple grounds into the Sabha Mandap Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestows His Divine blessings on all His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestows His Divine blessings on all Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi listen attentively to the blessings of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestows His Divine blessings on all
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestows His Divine blessings on all explaining the true glory of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestows His Divine blessings on all Disciples listen attentively to the divine blessings of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree The view from the rear of the Sabha Mandap as disciples listen attentively to the divine blessings of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree
Disciples hail the name of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa as His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad concludes Sadguru Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swami explains the greatness of all four parts of the newly released holy scripture "Shree Harileelamrut" His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the holy scripture Shree Harileelamrut Part 1 His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the holy scripture Shree Harileelamrut Part 2
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the holy scripture Shree Harileelamrut Part 3 His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the holy scripture Shree Harileelamrut Part 4 His Divine Holines Acharya Swamishree unveils the "Shree Harileelamrut Upadeshamrutam" audio book CD in MP3 format His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the "Shree Harileelamrut Padeshamrutam" audio book CD in MP3 format
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils Sanskar Deepika Part 1 in English His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the new edition of "Shree Gopalanand Swami ni Vato" Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Disciples carry a very long garland of fresh fragrant flowers to offer to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree
Disciples offer a very long garland of fresh fragrant flowers to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree with the benefactors of the divine Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and Shree Jeevanpran AbjiBapashre ni Vato holy scripture recitals Divine darshan of His Holiness Acharya Swamishree adorned with a long garland of fresh fragrant flowers Disciples carry a very long garland hand strung with thousands of pistachio nuts to offer to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree
Disciples offer the very long garland of pistachio nuts to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree with the benefactors of the divine Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and Shree Jeevanpran AbjiBapashre ni Vato holy scripture recitals Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree
Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree escorted by disciples A view of the beautifully decorated sabha mandap stage Divine darshan of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa seated in the sabha mandap
Many disciples and local residents take part in the national blood drive (blood donation) throughout the day A view of the store counter Disciples serve prasad lunch to all Prasad lunch
 

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