a trademark of special events. They are filled with color,
joy, and music according to the occasion being celebrated.
From 10 AM - 12 PM on Saturday, August 7, the day before murti
prathistha, the murtis to be installed were paraded on Columbus
Drive in downtown Chicago.
The murtis of
Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj, Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shri
Harikrishna Maharaj, Shri Radha-Krishna Dev, Shri Sita-Ram
with Hanuman, Shri Shiv-Parvati with Ganeshji, and the Guru
Parampara were displayed on floats. Meanwhile, saints sang
kirtans as devotees in traditional dress danced with joy to
the tune of the their devotion.
His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj also
witnessed this massive nagar yatra. After hailing Bhagwan
Swaminarayan and the Guru Parampara, Swamishri repeatedly
proclaimed, "BAPS, Ek Parivar!"
At the end of
the day, saints performed an exceptional kirtan aradhana.
Swamishri, at the conclusion of the kirtan aradhana, explained
that true happiness lies in God.