In 1991, during the Cultural Festival of India, Pramukh Swami Maharaj had blessed devotees in Connecticut to start satsang sabha. After sixteen years, their patience, seva, ardor, and perseverance transformed with unique simplicity, into three days of divine celebration as BAPS, Hartford rejoiced during its auspicious Murti-Pratishtha celebration. The event featured various programs stretching over the weekend, with devotees from the whole region attending the programs.
The festivities began on the evening of May 26 with Mahila Sabha which was attended by several respected guests including former Rocky Hill Mayor Barbara Surwilo. On May 27, a cultural program put together by the youths that included a kirtan aradhana, a dance performance, and an enlightening speech by Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami.
On May 28, the Murti Pratishtha day, despite an overcast morning, devotees and well-wishers ardently filled into the hall for the mahapuja. Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami, Pujya Yagneshwar Swami, Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami and santos consecrated the murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami, Shri Radha-Krishna, Guru Parampara, Shri Sita-Ram-Hanumanji, and Shri Shiv-Parvati-Ganeshji.
Following the murti-pratishtha, a breathtaking annakut of vegetarian items was offered to the newly consecrated murtis. Everyone had the darshan of the murtis and the first annakut.