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Swamishri releases white doves to symbolize the spread of peace in the world

Swamishri performs the murti prathistha ceremony of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj

Swamishri performs arti of the concecrated murtis

Devotees and aspirants wait to do darshan of the murtis and mandir


Sunday, August 8, 2004

    On this auspicious day, His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj inaugurated the second traditional Hindu mandir in the United States in Bartlett, Illinois. After performing his morning puja, Swamishri made his way to the main entrance of the mandir complex where he released red and white balloons that represent colors of peace and are the official colors of the BAPS flag.

    Saints and kishores dressed in traditional Indian wear lined up on two sides as Swamishri made his way to the majestic mandir. At the top, Swamishri released doves that symbolized the spread of peace around the world. After Swamishri officially opened the main doors of the mandir, he made his way inside to perform the murti prathistha ceremony in accordance with Vedic rituals.

    After instilling the spirit of God into the murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan; Aksharbrahm Gunatitanand Swami; Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj; Shri Harikrishna Maharaj; Shri Radha-Krishna Dev; the Guru Parampara; Shri Sita-Ram and Hanumanji; and Shri Shiv-Parvati and Ganeshji, Swamishri blessed the yajmans present in the mandir and Haveli. Swamishri said that God has now resided in the mandir and whatever one prays for will come true. In addition, he stated, "What could not be accomplished in infinite births has been accomplished in this birth and in this body."

    After performing arti and doing darshan, Swamishri opened the gateway to God for saints, devotees, and aspirants.




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