presence is always a reason to celebrate.
among all celebrations perhaps,
This year, in the presence of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the 5-day festivals associated with Diwali, including the Annakut festival and the Murti-pratishtha ceremony in the Swaminarayan Haveli will be held in Chicago, USA.
Significance of Festivals
Year's Day (Bestu
Varsh) :28 October 2000 (Kartik
sud 1), Chicago, USA
Swamishri's route to the haveli assembly hall was lined by expectant devotees. As he passed by all bowed in respect with folded hands.
The assembly hall was crowded with eager devotees seated for Swamishri's first pooja of the new year.
Flowers and lighted candles decorated the stage as Swamishri performed pooja.
During Swamishri's pooja all the devotees sang the prayer "Maha Balavant Maya Tamari..." in unison.
After pooja, Swamishri read Vachanamrut Sarangpur No. 7and blessed all, saying, "We should develop a firm understanding that God and His Sadhu are the only route to moksha .By controlling one's senses, one's mind is able to focus on God .We should have faith in the words of God and live according to His commands.
1400 people participated in the yagna. Then, Swamishri performed pujan of the murtis of Lord Swaminarayan, Gunatitanand Swami, Radha Krishna and the guru parampara to be installed in the haveli tomorrow.
After this, Swamishri initiated two youths into the parsad fold. Then, Swamishri blessed the assembly.
Today's assembly was a symbolic celebration of Swamishri's 80th birthday.
The youths performed cultural programs to celebrate the occasion. Several leading National and State political leaders, enterpreneurs and other dignitaries also came to extend their best wished to Swamishri and to receive his blessing.
his blessing to the assembly Swamishri said "Our life is dependent on the
blessings of God. It is our faith in God which drives us to visit mandirs offer
worship and serve God
We should pray daily and read holy scriptures like
the Vachanamrut and Gita daily. Then we should live by the teachings of these
|| Diwali | New Year | Haveli Murti Pratishtha | Annakut ||
© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith