Murti-Pratishtha Mahotsav, Lenasia
9 to 14 September 2004
Johannesburg witnessed a weekend of joyous festivities when His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj graced the city on 9 September 2004. Having completed a long and rigorous 5-month spiritual tour of UK, USA and Canada, he arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa at the start of his African tour.
The highlight of his trip to Johannesburg was the opening of the first traditional style Mandir and cultural complex in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, on 10th, 11th, 12th September. This three day event was attended by an average of five thousand people per day and included guests from as far as USA, UK, India, Canada, and East Africa.
Highlights of Key Events:
10th Sept. Nagar Yatra
Thousands of people, representing Hindu organizations around the country participated in this parade with traditional dances and singing.
11th Sept. Murti-Pratishtha
After the ceremony Swamishri made his way to the main entrance of the mandir complex where he released red and white peace balloons.
The landscape of Lenasia was changed forever on this day.
12th Sept. 10:30-12:30:
Other guests, namely, Laloo
“Isu” Chiba, Reggie Vandeyar, Mickey Padiachee, Ismail Vadi,
Prema Naidoo and Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim were honoured for their contributions
to social upliftment in our society, each in their unique ways.
The plans for the Mandir were drawn up in India by the architects of BAPS’s Planning Cell and finalised in South Africa.
The construction of the Mandir project began in April 2003 and it was consecrated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj on 11 September 2004.
Some of the components were imported from
India to preserve the traditional art and architecture of Mandir construction.
Nine hand carved doors made of solid Burmese
Teak together with a large hand carved Sihasan (main altar) made of
solid Cherry Wood has also been specially made in India.
Modern technology has been used to make all the intricate patterns on pillars, columns; beams and torans.