Splendour of Sarangpur:
a short period Swamishri constructed a temple in Bochasan. Bheemjibhai
of Gadhada, who was already nurturing ill-feelings towards Swamishri,
wrote a deriding letter to Kothari Gordhanbhai of Vadtal, "Yagnapurushdas
has built a temple in Gujarat before the eyes of a softy Baniya
like you; subsisting on mere rice and curry but let him try to
build one on this side of Sabarmati in Kathiawad and see what
an uphill task it is." Did he ever know that it was Shriji
Maharaj Himself who being manifest in Swamishri was building the
temple? Swamishri was building temples not in competition, but
to fulfil the promises made by Shriji Maharaj.
Swamishri visited Sarangpur at the insistent requests made by
the devotees of that place. They had abundant affection for him.
Once Swamishri was going to take his bath in the big cistern consecrated
by Shriji Maharaj. On the way he stopped at the place where the
present temple is located, and told Motibhai who had accompanied
him: "Motibhai! Shriji Maharaj had determined to build a
temple at this place and had promised the devotees accordingly.
Therefore, a temple will surely be built here." With this
prediction he proceeded for his bath.
Returning after his bath, he asked Motibhai, "We want to
build a temple in Sarangpur. So compose a kirtan (devotional song)
for it." Motibhai thought to himself: "The temple of
Bochasan is yet incomplete, there is no money in the kothar (office
of the temple), and still Swamishri has such mad aspirations!"
He was mentally confused. Swamishri looked at him and Motibhai
saw a most amazing thing. He saw a majestic temple with three
shikharas (pinnacles) complete with the golden kalashas (pitchers)
thereon and with images of Dham (Gunatitanand Swami), Dhami (Shriji
Maharaj) and Mukta (Gopalanand Swami) installed on the throne.
Motibhai was astounded to see a temple as beautiful and majestic
as the one which stands there today, and couplets of a kirtan
began to flow from his mouth:
"I beheld the splendour of Sarangpur divine.
God's celestial abode, truly wondrous and fine!"1
Doubts were dispelled from his mind. He realised that this Swami
was capable of raising many such temples.