During the Shangar Aarti of this fourth day of Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamishree Maharaj Smruti Satra, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj revealed the darshan of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj adorned with the new regal robes and mugat made with pure gold, which had been donated by disciples on the previous day.

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Day 4 Morning - Ved Ratna Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamiji Maharaj Smruti Satra

During the Shangar Aarti of this fourth day of Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamishree Maharaj Smruti Satra, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj revealed the darshan of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj adorned with the new regal robes and mugat made with pure gold, which had been donated by disciples on the previous day.

When Acharya Swamiji Maharaj came into the sabha mandap, the final Vachanamrut was being recited. The rituals for the conclusion of recitals of the Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika sah Vachanamrut and Shree Harignanamrut Kavya were performed.

To mark 42 years since Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa appointed Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamishree Maharaj as subsequent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and spiritual leader of the Faith, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed adoration to Him and performed Aarti. All the Sants and representative disciples performed the Panchamrut Snan ceremony of the Lord’s sacred Paduka – holy sandals representing the Lord’s lotus feet.

This day, Falgun Sud 2, is already a significant day in the calendar of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, and today its gravitas has further increased. Over 35 Sadhus, Sants, Mahants, Maha-mandaleswars from all around India and from all Hindu denominations performed the Chadar Arpan Ceremony of Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriya Swamiji Maharaj. Many of these spiritual leaders and sages had been busy with preparations for the Maha Kumbh Mela taking place in the Uttarakhand from April 1 to April 30, 2021. Still, these eminent sages and scholars came to pay their respects to Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and perform the official investiture ceremony of Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriya Swamiji Maharaj.

They were ceremonially welcomed to the stage by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band, and then accepted a salute from the Band. Retired Principal of the renowned Sola Bhagwat Vidhyapith, Shri Ram Kishor, Tripathi introduced the ceremony and the eminent guests, eloquently speaking in the classical Indian language, Sanskrit.

One of the Organisations invited were the Sants of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Santha. Its leader, Pujya Shree Mahant Swami Maharaj was unable to attend in person, but had sent representatives. Additionally, there had been a videocall between Pujya Shree Mahant Swami Maharaj and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj on the previous day, when Shree Mahant Swami Maharaj had conveyed his greetings and offered a virtual garland and shawl. This video was shown at the start of the assembly.

All the Sages then offered ceremonial shawls (Chadars), garlands, rosaries, and other offerings to Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj. They performed adoration, applied sandalwood paste on His forehead, and placed gold flowers upon His head. This was the official ceremonial installation of Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj as Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.

To mark this auspicious moment, Sants joyously recited the Chhadi to Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, in which all the Sanskrit honours presented to Him were included. The ceremonial symbols of the Gadi, the Chhadi, Chamar, Chatri and Aabdagiri were now proudly displayed behind Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj.

Some of the honourable sages, priests, spiritual leaders and scholars spoke about the significance of this occasion, and their close affinity and long standing association with Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.

In their presence, the inauguration of Shree Brahmsutra Bhashya Ratnam, and Ved Ratna Acharya Shree Purushottampriya Swamishree Maharaj Smruti Suman were performed. E-books of both these scriptures, and a website dedicated to Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, were also launched.

In September 2022, the disciples of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan will be celebrating the golden jubilee of when Gurudev Swamibapa gave physical embodiment to the supreme Lord’s divine, eternal, regal throne. This festival was inspired by Sanatan-dharma-sanrakshak Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and is now promoted by Acharya Swamiji Maharaj. A short promotion video of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Suvarna Mahotsav was shown to the audience, and an open invitation was given to all the scholars and sages present during this historical assembly.

Pujya Shree Hariprasad Swamiji Maharaj from the Haridham Sokhada Organisation had also sent representatives as he was unable to attend in person. A certificate of his blessings was read and presented to Acharya Swamiji Maharaj.

After this assembly of renowned Hindu spiritual leaders, the divine ashirwad of Darshanik-sarva-bhaum Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was shown. These blessings were from November 2019, when the bi-centenary of the Vachanamrut Scripture was celebrated in Vrushpur, Kutch. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj explained the greatness of this scripture. He stated:

  • The Vachanamrut scripture is the only religious text that was written at the time of the founder of that religion. A manuscript of the Vachanamrut containing 117 chapters was presented to Lord Shree Swaminarayan on Samvat 1877 Maghsar Sud 3, and He blessed the scripture. The entire Vachanamrut scripture was then presented by Shukanand Swami in Samvat 1886.

  • Similarly, the Rahasyarth commentary too was presented to Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree in Samvat 1981. Due to the requests of Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa, Bapashree blessed the scripture and said, ‘If anyone reads, listens to, or worships the Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika, with true faith and devotion, they will attain eternal salvation’.

  • Gurudev Swamibapa has versed, ‘For souls to attain eternal salvation, this Vachanamrut scripture is supreme’. Incidentally, there is only one devotional song in which the praise of the Vachanamrut scripture is described, and this was written by Gurudev Swamibapa.

  • The teachings of the previous, sanctified religious texts are contained in the Vachanamrut. Scholars may study all those other texts, but in comparison to the Vachanamrut, they are all insignificant.

Following Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s ashirwad, dhoon was performed and then the day’s assembly was concluded.