The Sants and disciples of Surat held the Chaturmas Katha from Thursday 16 September to Monday 20 September.
The 4 month period between Ashad sud ekadashi (Devshayni Ekadashi - usually falls around July) and Kartik sud ekadashi (Prabodhini Ekadashi - usually falls in October / November) is referred to as the Chaturmas. During this time, all disciples will take extra vows such as fasting, scripture recitals, meditation and other religious observances as described by Lord Swaminarayan in the Shikshapatri, sloks 76-78. The Adhik month is considered very auspicious and extra observances. One of the major observances taken is to attend religious discourses. To facilitate this important observance, special Chaturmas Katha (discourses) lasting for 5 days is held in all the major Mandirs of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. During these discourses, scholarly Sants recite and explain passages from Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa’s Sanskrit scripture, Shree Swaminarayanbapa Charitramrut Sagar.
The Sants and disciples of Suratheld the Chaturmas Katha from Thursday 16 September to Monday 20 September. Sant Shiromani Shree Pragnatitdasji Swami eloquently recited episodes from Shree Swaminarayanbapa Charitramrut Sagar. During the final day, Monday 20 September 2021, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj also arrived in Surat, and bestowed divine blessings during the assembly.