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Shastriji Maharaj's Birthday Celebration and Murti-pratishtha Mahotsav
Mahelav, Gujarat, India

Thursday 22 Jan, 99

The Murti-pratishtha ceremony was performed in the morning by Swamishri, followed by a mammoth assembly wherein Swamishri crowned the occasion with his blessings.
The Ceremony in the Mandir
Swamishri commenced his puja at 7.00 am, earlier than usual. After puja, Swamishri installed a new marble murti of Shastriji Maharaj with Vedic rites in the small mandir that commemorates his birth place. At 9.30 pm Swamishri joined the Murti-pratishtha ceremony and worshipped the murtis of Akshar Purushottam in the central shreene, Harikrishna Maharaj and Laxminarayan in the first shreene and a marble murti of Shastriji Maharaj in the third shreene. The Swaminarayan Dhun, sung by Swamishri on a microphone for the first time during such a ceremony was fervently chorused by the devotees participating in the rituals. During this time petals of flowers were showered from a chartered plane circling the mandir. On concluding the Dhoon, Swamishri blessed all the devotees with happiness and prosperity in life.

Harikrishna Maharaj &
Laxminarayan Dev

Akshar Purushottam Maharaj

Shastriji Maharaj

The Assembly
After the Murti-Pratishtha ceremony Swamishri inaugurated a large water-tank as a service to the village. Thereafter the 7-day discourse on the life of Shastriji Maharaj was concluded by Pujya Viveksagar Swami.
A wonderful dance describing the mandir was performed by teenagers of the Vidyanagar Kishore Mandal. After the customary vote of thanks, an announcement was made that Swamishri's 79th birthday for the year 1999 will be celebrated in Tithal near Valsad.
Finally the blessings of Swamishri charged the assembly. He said: 'With the blessings of Purna Purushottam shreeji Maharaj, Guru Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj the festival was made possible. Shastriji Maharaj had gone through a mountain of difficulties but he did not give up his resolve in establishing the principle of Akshar and Purushottam. We should not do satsang for the sake of anyone except for our own sake, to please God and to seek the blessings of the Guru...'
65,000 people had attended the celebration and partook of the prasad.
The celebration was the fulfillment of Yogiji Maharaj's dream. During the 7-day festival, thousands of people were enlightened about the glory of Shastriji Maharaj's socio-spiritual work for society through the spiritual assemblies, grand procession, exhibition and newspaper coverage.
Swamishri's Blessings    (Audio)
"shreeji Maharaj revealed the philosophy of Akshar and Purushottam and gave it to world. Since it was the truth it has been accepted in the world.
Shastriji Maharaj endeavoured to establish the Akshar Purushottam Sanstha amdist great opposition and odds. He was a divine person, a determined person and a person of immense faith.
He never got frustrated and he never became disheartened in his mission. He spent hours in talking about satsang to people.
When we offer bhakti and seva, we should not do it for the sake of any person but solely to be blessed with Moksha, to gain Godís blessings and the grace of the Guru."

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