Live broadcast of HDH Acharya Swamishree's aashirwad and katha
The Hindu calendar is based around the lunar cycle. Since this calendar is based around the phases of the moon, a lunar year lasts for 354 days. This creates a difference of 10-11 days between the lunar and solar years. When this accumulated difference exceeds 29 days, approximately every 3 years, an adjustment is made with an extra month, the Adhik (extra), or Purushottam Maas. The extra month carries the name of the next month. This year is such a year where we have an Adhik Maas. We have 2 Aso months, the first is the Adhik month, which started on the 18th September and will end on the 16th October. The annual Aso month will begin on the 17th October.
The Adhik month is considered very auspicious and extra observances, vrat are taken. One of the major vrats taken is to attend religious discourses and to facilitate this important observance, special Adhik Maas Katha lasting for 5 days is held in all the major Temples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.
Shree Swaminarayan Bapa Charitramrut Sagar
Many years ago, during 1 of these adhik months, Sadguru Shree Ishwar Bapa sent our Jeevanpran Swamibapa to tour the villages and perform the Adhik Maas katha, reciting the Sanskrit Granth the Satsangi Jeevan and the Shikshapatri Bhashya. Jeevanpran Swamibapa asked Sadguru Bapa, "In all the Granths that we read in the Adhik Maas, the supremacy of Lord Swaminarayan is not clearly stated. Is there a scripture in which the true supreme status of Lord Swaminarayan is written, and the pure unadulterated tenets of Lord Swaminarayan are clearly stated?" Sadguru Bapa replied, "Yes there is. This divine scripture was given by Lord Swaminarayan Himself to our Gopal Bapa who gave it to Nirgun Bapa, who in turn passed it to me (Ishwar Bapa). This scripture is now with you (Swamibapa). It has never been written down, but has been passed by mouth through our divine lineage. Only these divine individuals know and can comprehend how great our Lord Swaminarayan truly is. My wish is that you (Swamibapa) will write down this divine scripture."
After the Amrut Mahotsav celebrations in 1977 CE, Jeevanpran Swamibapa started writing down the divine granth that had been passed down our spiritual heritage. He named it, Shree Swaminarayan Bapa Charitramrut Sagar, and it is written in Sanskrit. In Hinduism, the largest granth is said to be the Bhagwat. The Swaminarayan Bapa Charitramrut Sagar comprises of even more sloks, verses than the Bhagwat. It is this great granth that is recited during the Adhik Maas katha.
In our kendrastaan, Maninagardham, the Adhik Maas katha will be held from the 10th to the 16th October, in the presence of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree. The divine blessings given by Acharya Swamishree each day will be broadcast live over the Internet between 8.00 and 10.30 p.m. (Indian time).
Broadcast Dates: 10th October 2001 to 16th October 2001
Start Time: 8.15pm to 10.30pm Indian Time