The auspicious day that the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan chose to give darshan upon the Earth as Shree Abji Bapashree was Prabhodhini Ekadashi (Kartik Sud Ekadashi, Samvat 1901). The 171th anniversary of this historic occasion was celebrated at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury on Friday 11th November 2016.
Disciples gathered at the Mandir and performed the Swaminarayan Mahamantra dhoon (continuous chanting of the Lord’s name), before Shree Abji Bapashree presided in a decorated golden cradle and His pragatya aarti was performed. Disciples sang verses in praise of Bapashree whilst everyone was given the opportunity of performing poojan and aarti. The divine Ashirwad of Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa was then heard, in which He explains in clear terms the identity and magnificence of Jeevanpran Bapashree.
This particular Ekadashi is especially significant in the Karan Satsang; six anniversaries fall on this day:
|1.||Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree Jayanti (Samvat 1901, 1844 AD, Vrushpur).|
|2.||Birthday of Shree Dharmadev (Samvat 1796, 1739 AD, Itara).|
|3.||Shree Nilkanthvarni was initiated as a Sant by Sadguru Shree Ramanand Swami (Samvat 1857, 1800, Piplana).|
|4.||Shreeji Maharaj was handed the helm of religion by Sadguru Shree Ramanand Swami (Samvat 1858, 1801 AD, Jetpur).|
|5.||Having been handed the helm of the religion, Shreeji Maharaj presided upon His divine throne, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.|
|6.||Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was initiated as a Sant in the Samvat year 1986 (14th November 1929).|
Prabodhini Ekadashi also marks the end of the auspicious chaturmas (4 month) period of additional vows. It is also known as Dev-utthi Ekadashi – the deities awaken after their 4 month siesta.