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8 January 2002: Yagna for World Peace

For millennia India's tradition of yagnas have always showered upon her the benedictions of gods. The mellifluous chanting of Vedic mantras are prayers and offerings in appreciation to the gods for their generous contributions for the sustenance of life on earth.

This morning, to continue the tradition upheld by Bhagwan Swaminarayan, who abolished himsak yagnas and performed giant ahimsak yagnas, a yagna for World Peace was held in the presence of Swamishri.

The yagna-shala consisted of 200 yagna-kunds with 1,570 couples participating in the rituals. Brahmin pundits chanted the Vedic mantras to appease the gods and to promote morality, peace, fraternity and prosperity in society. Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the Vedic rituals and finally addressed the assembly, "Gujarat will forever be indebted to Bhagwan Swaminarayan who performed ahimsak yagnas and reinstated the honor and pride of the yagna tradition in Indian culture. The gods are invoked and appeased through the yagna rituals. They bless us with so many things, therefore through the yagna rituals we express our gratitude to them. We pray at the feet of Bhagwan Swaminarayan that the problems and issues plaguing our society subside, peace prevail in the world, people become spiritually inclined, the rains shower abundantly, the Narmada dam project be successfully completed and the pilgrim place of Gadhada develop and grow."
Swamishri then performed pujan of murtis of Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj and Guru Shastriji Maharaj to be installed in the mandir sanctum.

| Mahotsav Index, Gadhada | Diksha | Yagna | Holy Dip in the River Ghela | Procession | Ghela Arti | Murti Pratishtha |
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© 2001, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith