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Jal Jhilani Festival
London, UK
6 & 7 September 2003

 
         
Mahapuja rituals on the bank of the River Thames Pre-boarding Kirtan Bhakti
Mahapuja rituals on the bank of the River Thames   Pre-boarding   Kirtan Bhakti
         
Aboard the boat Harikrishna Maharaj – Tower Bridge in the background
Aboard the boat   Harikrishna Maharaj – Tower Bridge in the background
     
6 September 2003
Devotees at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, celebrated the auspicious festival of Jal Jhilani on Sat 6 September 2003. The first phase of the festival was celebrated from 6.15 - 7.30p.m. in the lush surroundings outside the Mandir. Following a short mahapuja ceremony, the small metallic image of Harikrishna Maharaj gave darshan to all in a motorised boat - ‘Bhavjaltarika’. As per tradition, five artis were performed during the assembly intermixed with bhajans by Jaydeep Swadiya.
 
Kishores Performing 2nd Arti Offering Thal to Thakorji Senior devotees performing 4th Arti
Kishores Performing 2nd Arti   Offering Thal to Thakorji   Senior devotees performing 4th Arti
         
    Mahapuja rituals prior to Ganpati Visarjan    
    Mahapuja rituals prior to Ganpati Visarjan    
         
7 September 2003
The second phase of the festival took place in the Haveli on Sunday 7 September 2003 from 7.45 - 9.30p.m., with sadhus explaining the significance of the Jal Jhilani Festival. On this occasion, kishores and kishoris who had excelled in their studies performing exceptionally well at GCSE, ‘A’ level or degree level were felicitated.
 
2003, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith