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7 January 2002: Inauguration of Festival Site and Diksha Ceremony

At 8.00 am, the festival ground - Swaminarayan Nagar, was ceremoniously inaugurated by senior sadhus and dignitaries. Pramukh Swami Maharaj ritually performed pujan and pradakshina of the mantra books placed on the giant Mantra Vedika and offered respects to the mahamantra and devotion of thousands of devotees. During the next 3-days, thousands of devotees offered their respects and reverence by performing pradakshina of the vedika.

Thereafter, four traditional huts for singing the Swaminarayan dhun (mantra-dhun), saying the mantra (mantra-jap) with a rosary, writing the mantra and chanting the mantra while offering grains in a yagna-pit (mantra-homa), were declared open by Swamishri. During the 3-days these traditional huts resonated with the singing and writing of the Swaminarayan mantra by children and devotees.

After Swamishri's morning puja, a diksha-ceremony of 60 youths took place at the holy hands of Swamishri. This added another chapter in Swamishri's efforts to elevate society through his selfless order of sadhus.

During this event, MP for Bhavnagar Shri Rajendrasinh Rana praised Swamishri's efforts in elevating society morally and spiritually.
Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly, "Gadhpur is the holiest of holy places sanctified by Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He had inspired morality and spirituality by spreading the Swaminarayan mahamantra from house to house through His paramhansas. Pujya Shastriji Maharaj and Pujya Yogiji Maharaj spread the mahamantra in India and abroad. By chanting this mahamantra with faith and resolution, one will experience peace of mind.

"Our scriptures say that if we protect dharma, then dharma will protect us. Today, the roots of terrorism lie in the decline of dharma in our world. These newly initiated sadhus will contribute in consolidating dharma in society…"

'Swaminarayan Nagar' (Festival site)
The celebration was held in 'Swaminarayan Nagar' - the 125-acre festival venue. The main features of the festival grounds were:

  • The giant 20´ x 20´ yagna vedika filled with 4,50,000 Swaminarayan mantra books, devotionally written by 120,000 of devotees in India. The number of written mantras amounted to 11.25 billion. The huge murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Gunatitanand Swami were installed on the vedika.
  • Five traditional huts where children continuously chanted and wrote the Swaminarayan Mahamantra.
  • A walk-through exhibition that portrayed the history and glory of the Swaminarayan Mahamantra.
  • A large assembly hall and yagna-shala.
| Mahotsav Index, Gadhada | Diksha | Yagna | Holy Dip in the River Ghela | Procession | Ghela Arti | Murti Pratishtha |
| Bicentenary Celebration |
© 2001, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith