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A Spiritual Travelogue of Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  30 May to 12 June 2006  
Tithal (30 May to 7June 2006)
Bharuch (7 to 12 June 2006)

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    • 30 May 2006 (V.S. 2062, Jeth sud 3) Tuesday, Navsari, Kosamba (Tithal)
      After performing his morning puja in Navsari Swamishri performed the pratishtha rituals of the murtis of the BAPS hari mandirs in Bhinar and Mahudi.
      At 10.20 am Swamishri departed from Navsari and arrived at Valsad at 11.00 am. After the welcome rituals Swamishri inaugurated the newly built residence for sadhus.

     Swamishri inaugurates Admin. Block of Shri Swaminarayan Vidyamandir 
    • 31 May 2006 (V.S. 2062, Jeth sud 4) Wednesday, Kosamba (Tithal); 57 Pramukh Varni Din & Opening of BAPS School, Pardi-Panera
      • At 6.15 pm Swamishri arrived at Pardi-Panera for the opening of Swaminarayan Vidyamandir, a BAPS school. In the first phase the nursery school building was ready for the inauguration ceremony. Swamishri and Shri Dungarshibhai Gala (donor of the land), renowned educationist Shri K.R. Desai, Collector and other dignitaries participated in the opening ceremony. Swamishri and Dungarshibhai declared the school open by untying the nada-chhadi. Swamishri sanctified each and every classroom and blessed the students. A student dressed as a rishi asked Swamishri, “O Gurudev, give us knowledge so that we can progress in life.” Swamishri replied, “The school has been opened and children will be taught brilliantly. You have to learn two types of knowledge – one of this world (apara) and the other of the spiritual world (para). One gets apara knowledge in today’s schools and the school for para vidya is being opened today.
        “Bhagwan Swaminarayan is God. And God has graced us with this life and parents. He has given us food to eat, water to drink and air (to breathe). He loves us very much. So to love God you should pray to him and serve your parents. Matru devo bhava, Pitru devo bhava, Acharya devo bhava are the main principles of our culture. May you imbibe them in your life. After your daily bath pray to God, bow down to parents and study well.”
      • Thereafter, Swamishri arrived at the giant gathering of 20,000 devotees. The rains stopped temporarily. Prior to Swamishri’s arrival Viveksagar Swami talked about Swamishri’s glory in celebration of Pramukh Varni Din and about the newly built school complex. Gnanvatsal Swami talked about the Sanstha’s socio-spiritual services and its contribution towards value-based education.
        Various dignitaries on stage were honoured: Kiranbhai Patel MP, Dolatbhai Desai MLA, District Panchayat President Ganpatbhai, Lakshmanbhai Patel MLA, BJP District President Shri Nalinbhai Patel, Dungarshibhai Gala, Collector Dilipbhai Raval and other officials.
        Shri Ramsinhbhai Desai, Director of Swaminarayan Vidyamandir, spoke about the school details. He said, “The 35-acre educational complex has been launched with the nursery school in its first phase. Thereafter, the school will have buildings for primary and secondary (Gujarati and English mediums) education. Other extra educational facilities will be provided like a resource centre, arts centre, handicraft, health, hostel, swimming pool, mandir, etc. There will be only 40 students per class so that personal development can be focussed upon.” After the addresses by dignitaries a traditional dance was performed by youths to celebrate Swamishri’s 56th Pramukh Varni Din.
        Despite the rains 20,000 devotees remained seated in the assembly to listen to Swamishri’s blessings. Swamishri said, “You have all come heartily to celebrate the opening ceremony of the Vidyamandir. Even Varun dev (rain-god) has blessed us today. The school complex has been accomplished by the grace of God, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj. Today, there is a need for education. We have schools made by the government and social organizations that benefit many. Here, we have a tribal area and decided to build a school so that children can study properly, serve their parents and please God. By acquiring apara vidya a person attains material happiness and in realizing para vidya he becomes happy in the life hereafter. In India these two streams of knowledge have been taught since the Vedic period. Both types of knowledge will be taught here.”
        The celebration assembly concluded at 8.15 pm.
    Swamishri performs murti-pratishtha ceremony
    • 3 June 2006 (V.S. 2062, Jeth sud 7) Saturday, Kosamba (Tithal)
      Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti for seven BAPS kutir and hari mandirs: Amba Talat – Nayakpada, Tejlav – Vad Faliya, Chasmandva, Saraiya – Kundal Faliya, Torvan – Donja, Khudvel, and Talavchora – Baroliya. The tribals living in these villages were transformed through the efforts of Swamishri and sadhus. Their wayward lives due to addictions and stealing took a drastic turn because of satsang.
    Swamishri performs murti-pratishtha ceremony
    • 4 June 2006 (V.S. 2062, Jeth sud 8) Sunday, Kosamba (Tithal)
      Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti for ten BAPS hari mandirs: Rohina – Beda Faliya, Vankacch, Raabdi, Nana Vaghchhipa, Ugta – Panva, Kharedi, Mankadban, Kurgam – Tumbi, Tadfaliya – Pardi, and Bhutsar.
    • 12 June 2006 (V.S. 2062, Jeth vad 1) Monday, Jhadeshwar (Bharuch), Amdavad
      Swamishri departed from Jhadeshwar at 10.10 am and arrived in Amdavad at 12.30 pm.
      During Swamishri’s stay Viveksagar Swami discoursed on the subject, “Chalo Chale, Ham Akshardham” in the daily evening assembly. Thereafter Swamishri blessed the assembly.


    To please Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj children, youths and senior devotees perform austerities, pilgrimages or other devotional means. The spiritual endeavors performed by the devotees during Swamishri's visit to the local centers are congratulatory and worthy of recognition. It also reflects Swamishri's divinity for inspiring such spiritual efforts in children, teenagers and devotees.
    31 May 2006, Kosamba (Tithal)

    • Eight female devotees and 5 male devotees pilgrimaged 40 km by foot from Dharampur, in which one female devotee walked barefooted.
    • One hundred and twehty-two female devotees from Marla region performed 10,370 malas and pradakshinas, chanted 85 Janmangal Namavali Paths.
    • Seventeen female devotees of Marla and Vankal performed a chain of waterless fasts.

    4 June 2006, Kosamba (Tithal)

    • Eighty-five devotees pilgrimaged 35 km by foot from Chikhli.

    5 June 2006, Kosamba (Tithal)

    • Tilak Jitubhai Tandel, a four-year-old child performed a 2km dandvat yatra from his residence.
    • Jay Vionodbhai Tandel, a five-year-old child performed 1,500 pradakshinas, 1,500 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni and an 85-hour liquid fast.
    • Sarang Tandel, a five-year-old child performed 501 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni and the mandir.
    • Darshan Tandel performed 1,111 pradakshinas and an 85-hour liquid fast.
    • Mukund Patel performed 1,555 pradakshinas and an 85-hour liquid fast.
    • Devansh Patel performed 1,800 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni and an 85-hour liquid fast.
    • Dipak Tandel performed 401 pradakshinas of the mandir, 4,500 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni, an 85-hour liquid fast and 1,351 dandvats.
    • Bhavesh Ahir performed 700 pradakshinas the mandir and Nilkanth Varni and 800 prostrations,
    • Vivek Tandel performed 3,000 prostrations,
    • Jigar Tandel performed 5,555 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni,
    • Parth Tandel performed 6,866 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni,
    • Jay Tandel performed 6,666 pradakshinas,
    • Divyang Tandel performed 1,500 pradakshinas and 4,000 prostrations,
    • Hardik Tandel performed 3,000 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni,
    • Balkrishna Tandel performed 666 pradakshinas of the mandir and 1,500 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni,
    • Milan Ahir performed 600 pradakshinas of mandir and 100 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni,
    • Rajan Tandel performed 1,111 pradakshinas of the mandir and 2,222 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni and observed a fast for six consecutive days,
    • Johil Tandel performed 1,000 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni,
    • Sahay Tandel performed 1,333 pradakshinas of Nilkanth Varni,
    • Chirag Tandel performed 1,500 mandir pradakshinas,
    • Yogiraj Tandel performed 1,000 mandir pradakshinas and observed a fast for four consecutive days,
    • Nilkanth Tandel and Viral Tandel observed a fast for four consecutive days,
    • Viral Patel (Umarsadi) performed 3,000 pradakshinas of the kutir mandir,
    • Bhargav Patel (Dharampur) performed 1,000 pradakshinas in the hari mandir and observed ek tana for one month.
    • Dipak, Parth, Divyang, Vivek, Jigar, Akshay, Rajnish, Akshay, Jay, Hardik and Rahul Tandel performed a 2 km dandvat yatra from Pritamnagar.
    • Pragnesh Patel observed ek tana for 30 days.
    • Vatsalkumar Manishbhai Patel of Khanjan Faliya Bal Mandal performed 2,000 pradakshinas and 2,000 prostrations.
    • Vivekkumar B. Patel, Vishalkumar S. Patel and Pratikkumar M. Patel each performed 1,000 pradakshinas and 1,000 prostrations,
    • Darpankumar A. Patel performed 1,500 pradakshinas and 1,500 prostrations,
    • Chiragkumar A. Patel, Nilkumar M. Patel, Nilkanthkumar S. Patel each performed 1,000 pradakshinas and 1,000 prostrations,
    • Hilaykumar Manharbhai, Harshitkumar Balvantbhai and Hiteshkumar Jayeshbhai each performed 1,000 pradakshinas and prostrations,
    • Jigarkumar Rameshbhai, Harshitkumar Nareshbhai and Ankitkumar Budhabhai performed 1,500 pradakshinas and 1,500 prostrations,
    • Sujitkumar Shaileshbhai and Nikunjkumar Anupbhai performed 1,000 prostrations and pradakshinas. In all 16 children performed 18,000 pradakshinas and prostrations.

    6 June 2006, Kosamba (Tithal)

    • Six devotees pilgrimaged 35 km by foot from Ampara Moti Koliyak.

    7 June 2006, Kosamba (Tithal)

    • Eleven devotees pilgrimaged 30 km by foot from Vankal.

    8 June 2006, Jhadeshwar (Bharuch)

    • Vimalbhai Patel and his wife observed an 86-hour waterless fast.

    9 June 2006, Jhadeshwar (Bharuch)

    • Twenty-six kishores pilgrimaged 75 km by foot from Runt.

    10 June 2006, Jhadeshwar (Bharuch)

    • One hundred and thirty male children and 160 female children pilgrimaged 8 km by foot from the suburb of Shaktinath chanting dhun and bhajan along the way.

    11 June 2006, Jhadeshwar (Bharuch)

    • Two devotees pilgrimaged 4 km by foot from Bholav, 28 devotees from Dabhali (15km), 15 devotees from Kavitha (15km), 18 devotees from Mangrol (50km), two devotees from Mandva (10km), 16 devotees from Ankleshwar (16km), six devotees from Kosamba (40km), nine devotees from Kathvada (45km), five devotees from Kharach (45 km), eight devotees from Kharchi (11km), 10 devotees from Palej (28km), three devotees from Nikora (15km), 14 devotees from Surat (70km), 45 devotees from Talodara (25km), eight devotees from Alipura (8km), eight devotees from Ankleshwar G.I.D.C. (16km), 104 balika karyakars performed 20 parayans of the Vachanamrut during Swamishri’s five day stay,
    • Ekadashi Bhavsar, Bhakti Bhavsar and Pragna Bhavsar observed an 86-hour liquid fast and Vinaben observed a 70-hour liquid fast.