Over 5000 devotees from throughout Gujarat and abroad attended the 225th
birthday celebration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in Sarangpur in the presence
of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
The majority of these devotees, young and old, had observed a waterless
fast as per the celebration's tradition. Throughout the whole day, from
early morning, special assemblies and programs were held to commemorate
this auspicious occasion.
In Swamishri's morning puja, the sadhus sung bhajans describing the
divine form and episodes of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
In the main evening assembly, which began at 8.00 pm, the stage backdrop
displayed the life and work of Bhagwan Swaminarayan through a series
of 12 excellent paintings.
During the assembly the sadhus presented bhajans and speeches on topics
such as Bhagwan Swaminarayan's sadhus, Bhagwan Swaminarayan's devotees,
the concept of manifest God, etc.
Towards the end of the assembly Swamishri blessed the devotees with
his words of divine wisdom. Finally, Swamishri performed the Janmotsav
arti at 10.10 pm, the time of Bhagwan Swaminarayan's birth.