- 23 March 2005
(V.S. 206, Fagan sud 13) Wednesday, Surendranagar, Rangpur,
- In the evening, Swamishri
departed from Surendranagar towards Sarangpur. On arriving
at the outskirts of Acharda, the local Darbars were waiting
by the roadside. Swamishri stopped to bless them. Further,
on arriving at Chachana village, the entire village folks
had gathered for Swamishri’s darshan. Swamishri halted
and accepted their garlands. Proceeding ahead Swamishri
sang the arti and ashtaks in the car. The next stop was
at Rangpur village. Swamishri performed the pujan and arti
rituals of the murtis at the newly inaugurated BAPS Swaminarayan
Mandir. After sanctifying the mandir with holy flower petals
Swamishri attended the satsang assembly arranged on the
village outskirts. After accepting the formal honours, Swamishri
blessed the assembly, “Through the grace of God, your
devotion and love a mandir has been built. The mandir belongs
to all because God belongs to all. There are no distinctions
of caste or colour. Those who worship Him, He belongs to
them. The sun, rain, trees and rivers are for all people.
They do not segregate anyone.”
- At 8.00 pm Swamishri departed
from Rangpur and arrived, after a tiring schedule, in Sarangpur
at 8.35 pm. He was welcomed by the tunes played by BAPS
Swaminarayan Vidyamandir Band. After having Thakorji’s
darshan Swamishri briefly blessed the satsangi devotees.
- 24 March 2005
(V.S. 2061, Fagan sud 14) Thursday, Sarangpur
In the evening, Swamishri blessed
the assembly of 4,500 volunteers who would be engaged in various
services during the Fuldol celebration two days later. Swamishri
said, “Whatever duties that are assigned to you must be
fulfilled… This service that you have got is very rare.
In the services done for society one gets name and fame. One
benefits in all ways, in money, but the benefit of this service
is very great. To do according to the word of Maharaj and Swami
is very important… When God becomes happy then there is
nothing comparable to that…”
Finally, Swamishri showered holy coloured water on sadhus and
volunteers. The assembly concluded at 7.30 pm.
Thereafter Swamishri, who had contracted a malarial fever, retired
to his room.
- 26 March 2005
(V.S. 2061, Fagan vad 1) Saturday, Sarangpur, Fuldol
Today, Swamishri was weak and
pale. He still had a fever. With over 47,000 devotees having
gathered for the Fuldol festival Swamishri arrived in the assembly
hall at 10.30 am. He initiated thirteen youths into the parshad
diksha. Then after colouring Shri Harikrishna Maharaj, Swamishri
showered holy coloured water on the senior sadhus and devotees.
At 11.10 am Swamishri departed from the festival venue.
By evening Swamishri’s fever subsided and in the next
few days he recovered quickly.