Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal,
Johannesburg, commemorated the auspicious occasion of Vasant
Panchami with various events on 21 and 23 January 2007.
As 2007 marks the centenary of BAPS, the
first of a series of Prabhat Pheris was held on the morning
of Sunday 21 January 2007. Around 80 devotees joined in the
chanting of the Swaminarayan Mahamantra while walking around
the Mandir blocks.
The Vasant Panchami celebration assembly
was held on Sunday 21 January from 5.00 to 7.30pm. Over 300
devotees from Lenasia, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Johannesburg
gathered at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Mayfair-West, to celebrate
this holy occasion. Youths and teenagers gave eloquent speeches
on Shastriji Maharaj and the Akshar Purushottam Upasana. A discussion
based on the book “Likhitam Yagnapurushdas,” kirtans
composed by Sadguru Nishkulanand Swami and Brahmanand Swami,
and an enjoyable quiz based on the Shikshapatri formed part
of the celebration program.
The concluding event took place on the evening
of Vasant Panchmi, 23 January 2007, in the form of Akhand Dhun
from 5.30 to 10.30pm. Devotees flocked to join in the chanting
of the Swaminarayan Mahamantra and have the darshan of Thakorji.
These Vasant Panchami celebrations proved to be spiritually
elevating for all.