A mandir is a place for peace,
harmony, social service and spiritualism. To help promote
these ideals and values, a traditional mandir will be built
in Atlanta. BAPS South East region had organized a program
titled “Avasar Anandno” at the Gwinnett Center Arena in preparation
for the Shilanyas Vidhi (stone laying ceremony) that would
be held the next day.
BAPS youths celebrated this
event through dances, speeches, and video presentations. Pujya
Doctor Swami explained the necessity of mandirs, and the youths
relayed true incidents that illustrated its benefits. Pujya
Viveksagar Swami explained that the God-realized Saint is
a living embodiment of a mandir. Video presentations educated
everyone on Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s selfless service and humanitarian
projects. To recognize his tireless efforts, the Governor
of the State of Georgia, Mr. Sonny Perdue, had sent an official
commendation to Swamishri.
Swamishri explained in his blessings
that one attains the human body by the grace of God. One should
be thankful to God and remember Him all the time. In addition,
he also described God as the all-doer and the reason behind
After Swamishri’s blessings,
youths performed a vibrant and colorful dance as children
with flags and balloons paraded around the whole arena.