From 27 July to 25 August 2011, 23 kishores and kishoris (aged 15 to 22 years) of BAPS Satsang Mandal in Paris, France, performed voluntary seva at Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi.
These youngsters served diligently in guiding guests and dignitaries, attending to the information centres, managing photo spots and in other departments as required. Their enthusiastic services were deeply appreciated by the permanent staff of Swaminarayan Akshardham.
The youths also attended in-depth classroom and discussion sessions on Hinduism conducted by Dr Janakbhai Dave, Director of BAPS Swaminarayan Research Institute at Swaminarayan Akshardham. The topics covered included: Sanatana Dharma, core beliefs of Hindus, Hindu shastras, shad darshanas and vedantic teachings. In addition, they learnt about Swaminarayan history and philosophy, and explored the cultural and social challenges of modern society.
The kishores and kishoris also had the darshan of Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Mumbai for 5 days and benefitted from the experienced guidance of Pujya Viveksagar Swami, Pujya Bhakitpriya (Kothari) Swami and other sadhus.
Through this visit the youths gained much practical experience, and a deeper understanding of Hindu Dharma and the Swaminarayan Sampradaya.