On the occasion of Vasant Panchami and Shastrji Maharaj Janma Jayanti at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Fall River, the Consul General of India to Canada, Shree Chandramohan Bhandari, celebrated the festival with the satsangis.
The program consisted of beautiful kirtans sung by the Kishore Sangeet Mandal. The theme of the event was Vasant Panchami - The changing of the seasons and rebirth of vitality in our lives. The Bal Mandal narrated several prasangs of Shastriji Maharaj's life ranging from his matchless intellect to his devotion. The Kishore Mandal gave a speech on how Shastrji Maharaj and the Shikshapatri were able to influence the lives of revolutionaries such as Sardar Vallabh Patel and Ghandiji. This speech led into how the influence of Pramukh Swami was vital to the recovery of last year's earthquake. A one-year video update was shown as a reminder of the past event and the progress made by BAPS Care International.
The samaiyo ended with Chandramohan Bhandari giving a discourse on the importance of spirituality in our lives with a brief demonstration of the powers of yoga. The audience was introduced to a common breathing exercise used to stimulate vitality in our daily lives. Mr. Bhandari and all those present were quite impressed with the meaningful and entertaining program.