The first part of an inspiring programme of dramas, skits, presentations and dances to illustrate the hundred-year history of Bochasan Mandir – the first ever BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir – was performed in the presence of Pramukh Swami Maharaj on the evening of Friday 28 September 2007. Authentic backdrops and stage decorations created a genuine experience of history for the thousands who had gathered to watch the production.
Swamishri, seated in the centre of the Haveli, observed the wonderful enactment of the early history of the village of Bochasan, including the events leading to the naming of the village, and Nilkanth Varni’s vicharan and famous episode with Kashidas Mota.
A grand Shobha Yatra (procession) filled the Haveli with sound and colour and provided a fitting climax to the programme, before Swamishri showered sadhus and devotees with flower petals.
In his blessings, Swamishri recalled the great devotees of Bochasan from the time of Shriji Maharaj, and explained the significance of the murtis that were to be consecrated in the Mandir in the future. Swamishri also commended the efforts of the performers and organisers of the production.
Finally, Swamishri paid tribute to Paresh Parekh, a leading BAPS volunteer from Belgium, who completed a 12-day, 475km-sponsored walk from his home town of Antwerp to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London.
Swamishri praised his efforts publicly, offering special congratulations for his ‘International Yatra’ undertaken to commemorate the BAPS Centenary Celebrations and raise money for various British and Belgian charities.
The second and concluding part of Jay Jay Akshar-Purushottam was performed on Saturday 29 September 2007. See here for a full report.