As part of the BAPS Bal Mandal Golden Jubilee Celebration, the final of the 'Yogi Ruchi' mukhpath competition was held in Amdavad on Saturday 8 November 2003.
The competition, launched in December 2002, was open for any balaks and balikas studying in Standards 6 or 7 who sored over 75% in their school exams. These children selected one of the four categories - Vachanamrut, Swamini Vatu, Kirtans and Shlok-Sakhi in which to participate. Also, children studying in Standards 1 to 4 were allowed to compete in the Shlok-Sakhi section. Targets were set for each category and in March 2003, the first testing session was held at a regional level. From this only those who fluently completed the targets for each section were selected to continue further. Then in June 2003, regional finals were held in which 451 balaks and balikas participated. The successful participants were selected for national finals on 8 November.
The targets for each category were as follows: to memorise 51 Vachanamruts & 200 Vachanamrut Quotations, 800 Swamini Vatu, 150 Kirtans, and 175 Shloks & 175 Sakhis. In all, 71 balaks and 109 balikas participated in the finals. The efforts that these young children had put in over the past year was clearly evident. The performance by all was excellent.
All the participants were presented with a personalized certificate of blessings from Pramukh Swami Maharaj.