Holi and Pushpadolotsav (Fuldol) festivals are celebrated throughout
India. Bhagwan Swaminarayan also celebrated Fuldol, the festival of
colors with great spiritual joy and festivity.
Every year Pramukh Swami Maharaj celebrates fuldol festival in Sarangpur
This year devotees from distant places in India like Hyderabad, Chennai,
Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and from abroad
flocked enthusiastically to the rural environment of Sarangpur. The
privileged opportunity to be colored by Swamishri becomes the focus
of all devotees. Besides the enlightening spiritual discourses and bhajans,
the crowning moment was defined by the shower of colored water issuing
from jets sanctified and maneuvered by Swamishri.
This year, on Saturday, 26 March 2005, the Fuldol festival commenced
with the routine dhun and bhajan by sadhus. The colorful tree-decorations
on stage gave a festive flair to the occasion. The senior sadhus elaborated
in their speeches upon the sentiments and significance of Fuldol. Pujya
Viveksagar Swami gave the historical details of this festival and expanded
upon how Swamishri colors and transforms the lives of people.
Ishwarcharan Swami explained the need to shed I 'ness' and My 'ness'
towards one's self and one's relatives and adopt the virtue of humility
to please God. Pujya Doctor
Swami described the need to
integrate and practice satsang in one's lives by adhering to niyams
and fostering faith in Bhagwan
Swaminarayan as God, Gunatitanand Swami as Aksharbrahma and Pramukh
Swami Maharaj as the gateway to moksha. Pujya Mahant Swami explained
the need to purge oneself of one's 'swabhavs' and cultivate divinity
towards God and His Sadhu. He described that Swamishri has lived for
all of us, done everything at our bidding and now it was our duty to
obey and adjust to his wishes and ways. Pujya Kothari Swami spoke about
the divinity of Swamishri's deeds.
At about 11.00 am Swamishri arrived. Despite a fever the previous day,
Swamishri came to bless the assembly of sadhus and devotees. Firstly
Swamishri gave the guru mantra to 13 youths who were given the parshad
diksha. Thereafter Swamishri sprayed colored water on Shri Harikrishna
Maharaj. Then Swamishri sprayed colored water on the senior sadhus.
In conclusion, Swamishri sprayed the sadhus and devotees.
The festival was attended by over 50,000 devotees, who departed after
Every year the preparations for the festival begin two to three months
in advance. More than 50 departments, namely, construction, kitchen,
accommodation, parking, electric, decoration, etc. are managed by a
huge team of sadhus and youth volunteers. The sheer devotion and dedication
of the volunteers result in the smooth execution
of the festival.