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May 2000
May 2000 India Swaminarayan Mantra Rally
31 May 2000  Amdavad, India 109th Birthday Celebration of Yogiji Maharaj
25 May 2000 Dabhoi, India Opening of Pramukh Swami Hospital
21 May 2000 India De-Addiction Campaign 2000
21 May 2000   Drought Relief Work In Gujarat, India, 2000 by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha And India Drought Appeal
6 May 2000 Sultanabad, India Murti Pratishtha Ceremony Festival, Sultanabad

May 2000, India : Swaminarayan Mantra Rally

Sahajanand Swami gave the six-letter mahamantra on the 14th day after Ramanand Swami attained the Lord's abode. That auspicious date was Samvat Year 1858 Magashar Sud 13 (Tuesday, 1801). The place was Faneni. Shri Hari was addressing a mammoth gathering. He instructed the assembled devotees, "Hereafter the Pragat Bhagwan should be worshipped as Swaminarayan." Ever since that day the Swaminarayan mantra is uttered with reverence and a spirit of auspiciousness.
To celebrate the bicentenary of the mantra, Pramukh Maharaj has ordained that the 200th anniversary of the Swaminarayan mahamantra should be celebrated in a fitting manner.
For the past two years individuals and a congregation of devotees chant and repeat the mantra to commemorate the bicentenary. The bicentenary celebration will be held in 1½ years from now in 2001.
As part of the celebrations, Swaminarayan mantra rallies were held this Summer from April to May. In every Satsang mandal on the tithi of the mahamantra, Vad-Ekadashi of each month, a 12-hour non-stop dhun of the mantra is chanted. Besides this thousands of devotees are regularly engaged in writing the mahamantra (lekhan) and chanting the holy name with a rosary.
Unmindful of the torrid heat of Chaitra and Vaishakh (April-May 2000) 1,255 Satsang Centres in the regions of Jamnagar, Bhadra, Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Surendranagar, Amreli, Mehsana, Amdavad, Kheda, Vadodara, Surat, Valsad, Silvassa and Mumbai and many smaller centres saw small and big rallies.

No. of Rallies
North Gujarat and Amdavad
Kheda-Anand Dist.
Vadodara, Panchmahal and Bharuch Dist.
South Gujarat, Mumbai and Silvassa

    In general, the mantra rally comprised of a main float on a truck with the murtis of Lord Swaminarayan and Pramukh Swami Maharaj, decorated bullock carts, camel carts, tractors, children dressed in colorful costumes, a band piping the tune of the Swaminarayan dhun accompanied by youths singing the dhun. Women carried auspicious pots on their heads.
The mahamantra rallies breathed a new air of devotional fervor and joy. The devotees enthusiastically participated and the bystanders waited and watched the procession with reverence and respect.

A Mahamantra Rally being  led by a cavalcade of motorists.

The murti of Lord Swaminarayan on a decorated elephant

Young girls participate by carrying the auspicious kalashas.

Despite the  scorching summer heat, devotees enthusiastically chant the Swaminarayan dhun

The mantra rally was carried out in various cities and villages of Gujarat

The murti of Lord Swaminarayan in a decorative chariot

The rally inspired  devotion and  enthusiasm in the devotees
Pramukh Swami Hospital, Dabhoi

25 May 2000, Thursday, Dabhoi, India: Opening of Pramukh Swami Hospital

The opening of 'Pramukh Swami Hospital' on 25 May 2000 in Dabhoi marked another significant milestone in BAPS Medical Services to Society. The hospital is 31 kms from Vadodara and will be a boon to rural residents and tribal people of the region. The hospital was donated to the BAPS by the Mahalaxmi Public Medical Charitable Trust and other affiliated local organizations. The hospital was then equipped with the latest medical instruments and facilities by the BAPS.
The opening ceremony was performed by Swamishri, Shri Keshubhai Patel - Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Ashokbhai Bhatt and members of the donor trusts. Then Swamishri sanctified the entire hospital with the murti of Lord Harikrishna Maharaj, showering petals in all the departments.
Thereafter, during the public assembly, Shri Ashokbhai Bhatt lauded, "Pramukh Swami Maharaj is running two hospitals. One that deals with physical diseases and another that treats mental afflictions. Through his blessings one can be redeemed of both diseases..."
The Chief Minister, Shri Keshubhai Patel was impressed by the recent drought relief work by the BAPS. He said, "One who ushers a turning point in society is called an epoch-maker. Today Swamiji has been inspiring a turning point. I bow to such an epoch-maker like Pramukh Swami Maharaj." In his blessings Swamishri wished and prayed for the recovery of patients and the spirit of rendering the best service by doctors and staff members of the hospital.

6 May 2000, Saturday, Sultanabad, India : Murti Pratishtha Ceremony

Swamishri performs the murti Pratishtha ceremony of Akshar Purushottam Maharaj, Radha Krishna Dev and Guru parampara in BAPS Hari Mandir, Sultanabad..

Murti Pratishtha Ceremony, Sultanabad

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