On 18th October, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj officially opened Smruti Van
Following Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s vicharan of the Haridwar region, the Asthi Kalas Yatra moved to the Kutch region. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj had inspired the creation of a memorial park – Smruti Van – to eternalise the memory of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. The grand opening ceremony of the Smruti Van was to take place over 18-20 October 2021.
On 18th October, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj officially opened Smruti Van; the event began with Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band saluting Acharya Swamiji Maharaj at the entrance to Smruti Van. After performing darshan to Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, who was presiding on the stage in the Sabha Mandap, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj went to view the entire Smruti Van site, before taking a tour of the huge lake that is at the heart of the Smruti Van.
To mark this auspicious occasion and inspired by Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s ‘society before self’ ethos, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj made a generous donation of funds to the Lion’s Club Hospital to fund the opening of the Ved Ratna Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj Eye Operation Theatre. Young disciples then performed devotional dances to close the evening’s celebrations.
19th October saw Acharya Swamiji Maharaj inspire a grand procession – Shoba Yatra – through the streets of Kutch in the area surrounding the Smruti Van. The parade saw the diving darshan of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj spread throughout the region, alerting many thousands to the opening of this unique venue. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band played throughout the procession, and many hundreds of disciples formed part of the colourful and vibrant spectacle.
20th October was Sharad Poonam – the last full moon before Diwali. As is tradition, Sharad Poonam sees disciples gather to perform Samuh Raas with great fervour to please the Lord. A huge ensemble band, which included Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s talented Sants, performed kirtan bhakti throughout the evening. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj sat beside Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj on an elevated platform, bestowing Their divine darshan to the entire congregation, as everyone danced with joy, devotion and enthusiasm. As the evening went on, the atmosphere became increasingly electric as the music grew to a crescendo and the dancing became more and more energised. This joyous night was a truly befitting tribute to Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and concluded a wonderful and memorable three-day festival.