Pramukh Swami Maharaj's 82nd
birthday celebration was held on 7 December on a mega-scale in the small
town of Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district, Gujarat.
The assembly commenced at 5:30 p.m. with prayers. Pujya Dr. Swami and
Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami addressed the festival audience on the glory
and greatness of Swamishri and his power to solve mundane problems and
inner conflicts of mankind.
The festival agenda also had colorful and devotional dances performed
by BAPS children and teenagers.
Swamishri delivered his blessings in response to 5 questions that were
spread intermittently throughout the 3.5 hour celebration.
The five questions asked to Swamishri were about:
Prior to each blessing, video clippings
on each of Swamishri's above achievements were shown on giant screens.
In honor of his 82nd birthday a mantra pushpanjali and mass arti were
performed by 100,000 devotees. Different, colorful garlands were offered
to Swamishri by the senior sadhus.
The entire celebration was relayed live to 160 countries in Asia, Africa,
U.K., Europe and America.