The Amrut Mahotsav
celebrates 75 years of saintliness:
The 37-day Amrut Mahotsav celebrated the
75th Birth Anniversary of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj. His work and
message was presented through a unique synthesis of culture, craft and
the spirit of volunteerism.
archways, lush landscapes, Beautiful Borderless World Exhibition, Jewels
of Womanhood exhibition, Children's land comprising of telling and entertaining
puppet shows, computer booths, study maze and an exhibition, cultural
folk dances and the assembly hall which resounded with inspiring lectures
and reflections from dignitaries - all this and more became the body
and spirit of the Amrut Mahotsav at Swaminarayan Nagar in Sion, Mumbai.
- 100 acres of festival site in Bombay.
- 8.1 million people visited Swaminarayan
Nagar, the festival site.
- Living arrangements for 125,000 were
made, with all necessary facilities like 1776 makeshift toilets, 1720
bathrooms, 732 urinals and 639 sink units.
- The Transport dept. handled 150,000
vehicles and provided free parking facilities. The bus authorities
in Bombay, BEST, provided extra services and made 3137 extra rounds.
- During the entire festival 2,475,880
free meals were served.
- The cleaning department kept the festival
grounds free of litter. Totally, 600 tractor loads of garbage was
collected and disposed off.
- The telephone department set up 409
kilometres of wiring for the telephone system (internal and external)
on the site.
- To cater fresh water for consumption,
25 kms. of pipes and fitting was set up. Ten reservoirs were created
from which water was supplied.
- Twenty-five kilometres of electric
wiring supplied the township with electricity.
- At the anti-addiction camp 38,000 people
gave up addictions. Their abstinence amount to an aggregate annual
saving of Rs.111,915,179.
- The Blood donation camp collected 362,100
ccs of blood.
- 800,000 people saw the Beautiful Borderless
- 405,821 parents and children derived
inspiration from the Children's Exhibition in the Bal Nagari (Childrens
- At the Niyam Kutir in the Bal Nagari,
85,500 children took 230,025 pledges towards better living.