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September 8 2001, Charlotte, NC: Rituals, Exhibition, and Health Fair at Fifth Patotsav of BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir

Five years ago, Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the Murthi Pratishta at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir and inaugurated a center for upholding Hindu culture and religion in this region. The center celebrated the fifth anniversary with ceremonious and joyous festivities. It started with auspicious Mahapooja wherein people joined in the Vedic rituals conducted by saints from London. On behalf of the members of the Vedic Society Mr. Nanubhai Patel (president), Mr. Surendrabhai Jain (Hindu Center of Greenville), Mr. V.K. Shah, and Mr. Mukund Desai presented a presented a check to BAPS for India earthquake relief fund.

Saints inaugurated an exhibition depicting the divine life of Yogiji Maharaj, and the events in the temple for the past five years. The Kishore Mandal had made great effort in creating this exhibition. In a health fair organized to serve the local community, people took advantage of the free health check-up.

The evening program complemented the elegance of the auditorium with its new Haveli decorations together with spectacular lighting effects. A breathtaking model of Shreeji Maharaj ascending from the clouds on his mare Manki mesmerized participants. This was the result of hard work done by Kishores and Kishorees, who had sacrificed most of their summer to make this event a success. A skit by Kishore mandal and well-choreographed dances by Bal Mandal and Kishore Mandal enthused and excited the gathering. Saints presented humorous and thoughtful talks on 'Patotsav'. A video presentation 'Once upon a time, five years ago..' depicted the humble beginnings of the Charlotte temple, its construction phase, and Murthi Pratishta festival. Today, with its many activities for children and teenagers, Hindus in this vicinity are benefiting from the temple.

 

1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith