April 08, 2000. Thrilled devotees celebrated 220th Janmotsav of Lord Swaminarayan with devotion and jubilation on the theme of “Sahajanand Sukhdayi”. All the presentations focused on the “Sukh” – bliss given by Shreeji Maharaj to his devotees. Utsav murti of Shreeji Maharaj was decorated in a sinhasan depicting “divya sabhapati rai bethe”. Bal-Kishore-Yuvak wings organized the whole samaiyo. It started with a bang presentation on big screen depicting the time of 15 days after Shreeji Maharaj benefected to Akshardham. His major hairbhakots Dada Khachar, Mayaram bhatt, Saghram vaghari, Joban Pagi, Sura khachar, Samat Patel etc. trying to remember “sukh” given by Maharaj to all and how their bond with Maharaj became stronger and stronger day by day. Kishores depicted the “sukh” given by Maharaj to his bhaktos in Prasang varnan and there were four major samvaads depicting Samat Patel’s Samarpan, Transformation of Saghram Vaghari, Joban Pagi’s life and Sarva Jeev Hitavah. Saints delivered speeches on how the same “such” is experienced through Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The samaiyo climaxed with a dance performance to welcome Shri Harikrishna Maharaj. A special Medical camp was arranged by BAPS Medical for Vision screening and Glaucoma testing. Individuals sought free check up and counseling from famed eye surgeon Dr Willie Chen.
April 1, 2001. Spiritual and devotional mood prevailed in the Haveli for this unique celebration. The cultural program was a magnificently organized, written, and performed musical, 'Suraj Sahajanand.' This 90-minute drama/dance sequence stunned hundreds who were present. Looking on with amazement, astounded by the life-like decorations, all were marveled at the remarkable illustration of the divine life of Lord Swaminarayan by the young artists of BAPS ranging from the age of 4 to 35. These children and youths had worked hard for this event. The Kishori Mandal set up an exhibition on the life of Lord Swaminarayan in main foyer of the Haveli.
April 8, 2001 people packed the mandir to join in the celebrations. It was a conclusion of a month long Shri Hari Parva. One distinctive feature in this year’s parva was the exhibition on Vachnamrutam created artistically by the Kishori Mandal. Thousands went through the exhibition and understood various aspects about the main scripture of our religion.
This great celebration
was a joint venture of Bal-Kishores from Philadelphia, Edison, Clifton
and Jersey City mandirs. The theme was woven artistically covering the
various messages of Vachnamrutam. The media ranged from traditional
music - bhajans to the hi-tech presentations on 3D Studio Max and a
UV light show. It was a non-stop program that gripped the packed audience
for 150 minutes. Innovative dances and kirtans added the charm. The
Utsav murti of Shreeji Maharaj was dressed frequently as per various
narrations in the Vachnamrutam.
2001. Shree Ram and Shreeji Maharaj were welcomed to the sabha by a
swagat dance "Avya Manki na ..." by the bal and kishore mandal. The
slide shows on Shree Ram and Shreeji Maharaj explored their lives and
works in detail. After a speech on the importance of "naam jap" a drama
“Swaminarayan Mahamantra” was performed by the bal, kishore and yuvak
mandals. A wonderful video presentation on 'Je Swaminarayan Naam Leshe.."
wrapped up the topic. A traditional Annakut with over 100 food dishes
was offered to Thakorji.
April 1, 2001. Devotees packed the mandir to celebrate this major Hindu festival. The Bal Mandal presented the historical incident of Neelkanth Varni arriving in Loj. Kishore Mandal presented an exciting raas that added rhythmic joy to the festival. Balaks and Kishores did speeches about Shree Hari's Lila Charitra and Swaminarayan Mahamantra. Everyone joined in the festive singing at the moment of Lord's Birth.
2001 The auditorium of Stow Middle School was packed when the Bal-Kishore
-Yuvak mandals celebrated the festival. For weeks they had worked hard
to decorate and practice for excellent performance. Instead of master
of ceremony there were narrated voices of kishores. The excellent echo
effect caught everyone's ears and brought charm to the program. Several
bhajans were performed with various musical instruments. Attendees enjoyed
dances and 3 dramas. At the end, a presentation explained the importance
of helping out in the India Earthquake, Sponsor a Home project. The
kishoris had setup an exhibition for it in the entrance of the auditorium.
people gathered to rejoice in this major Hindu festival. Balaks and
Kishores presented speeches, bhajans, dances and multi-media. A speech
on “Laxman Rekha”(code of conduct) and why it is importance to obey
our scriptures was inspiring. The reason for Lord Swaminarayan to incarnate
on this earth was explained in details. The drama of “Abhesang Baapu”,
narrated the anti-addiction work of Lord Swaminarayan. At the end, bal
mandal rocked cradle of the Lord while Kishores sang and did raas for
April 1, 2001. The celebration focused on the teachings of Lord Swaminarayan - via a colorful multi media program called "Itee Vachanamritam." It consisted of quotes from discourses given by Lord Swaminarayan and were presented in the form of skits, songs and dramas. It was so pleasant that even the small kids found out for the first time that Vachanamrutam is worth discovering. Saints emphasized the need of strengthening our faith in Lord, using prasang of the devotees in Maharaj time. The program was concluded with a dance depicting the greatness of Maharaj, which immersed the whole assembly into it.
2001 Bal/Kishore and Yuvaks worked hard to present the unique theme
of the festival, which was the effect of Shreeji Maharaj's Jeevan sandesh
- message - on our life. People were impressed by the sublime message
of Shreeji Maharaj's Vachnamrutam presented through various quotations.
Effective dramas of "10 Murkhao", "Maacha Bhagat", "Ashro" and the UV
show of “Ekada vinana Minda” were presented in unique style, with great
message. At the end “Naimisharanya Kshetra” enlightened all to the ever
presence of the Lord in guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Shree Hari Jayanti and Ram Navami was celebrated in Orlando on April 1st in the presence of saints. Shriji Maharaj's utsav murti was placed in a specially decorated sinhasan . Next to it, there was a small stage decorated with flowers, which had Sri Ram's murti. Two cradles had also been placed, one on the ladies side and one on the gents, with the murtis of Maharaj and Shree Ram for the Janmotsav. A small annakut of 50 items was also arranged in front of Thakorji.
2001.The cradle for the Lord was set up amidst various decorations.
The message of Lord Ram’s life - ideal son, ideal brother, ideal wife,
ideal human - was narrated. Bhajans, dances and dramas by bal-kishore-yuvaks
were rejuvenating. Speeches by saints described the supremacy of Shreeji
Maharaj. Just like rain showers everywhere the Sun lights up every place
without discriminating, Lord Swaminarayan gave the knowledge of God
to everyone irrespective of their cast, color, creed or any other thing.
A slide show in synchronization with live singing of the Yash Gatha
presented the Lord’s life in a pleasant way.
2001. The colorful and entertaining program for this festival was handled
by youths. There were speeches on Hanumanji, Lord Ram Chandra’s Life
and on the glory of Lord Swaminarayan. Bhajans, followed by a dance
on 'Hindolna me hore hore zoolo Maharaj” was performed by Augusta and
Metter GA youths. A historical playbased on the meeting of Shriji Maharaj
with leaders of Surat, "Ardesharji Kotwal' was performed by kishores.
Devotees from Savannah, Columbia and Greenwood attended the celebration.
A slideshow of former president Bill Clinton's visit to Akshardham was
2001. With the theme of “Padharya Akhand Sukh Aapava”, the festival
focused on Lord Swaminarayan’s life and his divine deeds that led people
of India towards better living. The message was presented by speeches,
PowerPoint and dramas of Abhesinh Darbar, Joban Pagi and Khima Suthaar
by Kishore and Yuvak Mandal. The 3 hours program was enjoyed by devotees
from Birmingham, Gadsden, Homewood, Dothan, Ozark, Pell City, Bessemer,
Hoover and Florida. The finale Aarti was performed by all the devotees.
© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith