On Saturday, June
19 His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the Shilanyas
Vidhi at Ontario Convention Center for a Shikarbadh Mandir and
Cultural Complex proposed to be constructed in Chino Hills.
Saints conducted mahapooja rituals as yajmaans (participants
of ceremony) participated in the ceremony.
arrived for the shila pujan, Pujya Doctor Swami explained the importance
of mandirs, by conveying Bhagwan Swaminarayan's vision to spread
arrival into the ceremony, he performed poojan of the shila.
Then, Pujya Viveksagar Swami explained the importance of mandirs.
Several dignitaries, including a representative from the office
of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, were also
present at this historic event. The Mayor of Ontario presented
a certificate of welcome. Also present was Gary Larson, the
Mayor of Chino Hills - the township of the proposed mandir site.
He expressed his support of BAPS' mandir construction plan,
commenting that "what His Holiness brings is a coordination
of family and family values that our community holds very sacred."
In his blessings,
Swamishri revealed that all the dignitaries were impressed with
the mandir's construction plan. He also stated that when one's
feelings and intentions are pure, good things can be achieved.
He concluded by praying for the prompt construction of the mandir
so that the devotees can take advantage of the peace it offers.