Since 23 August 2002, water
from the sacred river Narmada has been flowing in the Sabarmati River
It was the sincere wish of The Chief Minister of Gujarat to offer worship
to the sacred water and river at the hands of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Thus this Vedic worship ceremony was organized. Announcements in the
newspapers and on TV invited the citizens of Amdavad to this historic
A large stage was erected on Vivekanand Bridge (Ellis Bridge) and loud-speakers
were also placed on the other four bridges which span the Sabarmati.
Thousands of people packed every vantage point to witness this memorable
At 7.00 p.m. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Chief Minister, other ministers
and dignitaries set out on a motor-powered boat from the shores of the
river under Vivekanand Bridge. Over a hundred thousand lighted wicks
illuminated the water surface as the sun set in the background.
In the middle of the river, Vedic rituals to the accompaniment of Vedic
verses were performed aboard the boat by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the
Chief Minister and others and offered to Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and
the sacred water.
The ceremony was relayed live to giant screens set up on the bridge
and on the local TV channels.
Then Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Chief Minister and others offered arti
and abhishek to the murti of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj with sacred water
from the river.
After the Vedic worship ceremony, Pramukh Swami Maharaj delivered his
blessings to the people from the boat. He said, "Today, everybody
is rejoicing that the Sabarmati is flowing with water from the Narmada.
It is the result of persistent efforts through the years by many people.
Politicians, social workers and religious organizations have all contributed
their efforts to this Narmada project. This project will benefit not
only Gujarat but the whole of India, since Gujarat is an integral part
of the country. Let us all continue to pray for the completion this
project. Our guru, Yogiji Maharaj, also used to offer worship to the
Narmada whenever he passed over it and he regularly prayed for the completion
of the project ..."
After Pramukh Swami Maharaj's blessings, the boat returned to shore.