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Pramukh Swami Maharaj's Achievements and Activities
1 January - 31 December, 2003

Non-stop vicharan, murti pratishthas, inaugurations, meeting dignitaries, daily satsang and public assemblies, satsang shibirs and much much more... all this, in addition to his daily routine of counselling thousands of devotees personally, by letter and by phone. Despite a year interspersed by frequent bouts of illness, Swamishri's annual record, summarised below, reveals just how activity-packed his schedule has been.
 

vicharan
 
Total Places Visited: 63
India:

Figures in brackets indicate the number of visits to that place.

Ajmer, Amalner, Ambardi, Amdavad, Amreli, Anand (4), Andul, Atladra (3), Badhada, Bamangam, Bangalore, Bhadra (3), Bharuch (2), Bhavnagar (2), Bilimora, Bochasan (4), Bodeli, Chennai, Chikhli, Chopda, Coimbatore, Dabhasa, Dabhoi, Dangra, Dared, Dausa, Dedan, Dhari, Dholka (2), Dhuliya, Donja, Dummas, Gadhada (3), Galvada, Gana, Gandhinagar, Gavasad, Gondal (2), Jadoli, Jaipur (3), Jambusar, Japi, Jesarva, Jetpur, Junagadh, Kakroliya, Kalatalav, Kalol, Khambha, Khandhera, Khaparvada, Kherva, Kolkata, Kosamba (Tithal), Kosindra, Kusumbe, Lathi, Limbodra, Mahelav, Mahesana (3), Mahuva, Manpur, Maroli, Modhera, Mohadi, Moti Vadal, Mt. Abu (2), Mumbai, Nadiad, Nagdhanimba, Navsari, New Delhi (5), Pali (2), Paliyad, Pindvada (4), Purushottampura (2), Radhu, Rajkot (3), Rajula, Raliyana, Ramol, Samarvani, Sankari, Sarangpur (3), Sarupganj, Sarvani-Vandervela, Savarkundla, Selvas, Sikandra, Sirohi, Sivera, Songadh, Songir, Sumerpur, Surat (2), Surendranagar, Talaja, Tankal, Traj, Ukai, Vadadala, Vaghchhipa, Valsad, Vapi, Varkheda, Vidyanagar (2), Vijapdi, Virol.
 
Murti Pratishtha
 
Murti Pratishtha, Total - 54
Figures in brackets indicate date of murti-pratishtha


Shikharbaddh Mandirs, Total: 2
New Delhi (6/2), Surendranagar (New murti of Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj, 4/6)

Hari Mandirs – India, Total: 48
Donja (Women’s Mandir – 6/1); Vikroli (18/1); Japi (14/2); Galvada (20/2); Ramangamadi (1/3); Gavasad (5/3); Virol (6/3); Matar (7/3); Sujanpur, Paliyad, Mokhasan (9/3); Moti Vadal (17/3); Khandhera (21/3); Dabhasa (31/3); Jambusar, Ramol, Raliyana (7/4); Dhari (13/4); Rajula (16/4); Savarkundla, Kapadiyanagar (19/4); Kundhada, Jaspara (Mundra), Pipaliya (23/4); Halvad, Kharwa, Ranapur (3/6); Maganpara, Prayer Hall in BAPS Chhatralay at Surat (5/6); Traj (10/6); Meghaninagar, Naroda, Raipur (20/6); Shahpur (8/7); Vadadala (11/7); Guna (17/7); Ramol (1/9); Virol, Jesarva (5/9); Lathidad (23/10); Acharda, Pandri (30/10); Yagnapurushnagar, Gunatitnagar (2/11); Bhoyka (4/11); Purushottampura (5/11); Coimbatore (26/12); Bangalore (31/12)

Abroad: Total - 4
Minneapolis, Westchester, Perry, Savannah (USA, 8/7)
 

Vedic ceremonies
 

Vedic Ceremonies, Total - 19
In addition to the Vedic rituals for the murti-pratishthas listed above, Swamishri performed the following major Vedic ceremonies:

  • Mandir Prasad Pravesh, New Delhi (4/2)
  • Murti-pratishtha Yagna for World Peace, New Delhi (5/2)
  • 19th Patotsav, Ukai (22/2)
  • Bhumi-pujan for new mandir, Bodeli (26/2)
  • Yagna for Wold Peace, Jambusar (4/3)
  • 8th Patotsav, Bamangam (5/3)
  • Pujan of bricks for hari mandirs at Khambha, Godhavata and Muldhara (2/4)
  • Pujan of bricks for sanskardham at Maninagar (3/4)
  • 22nd Patotsav, Amreli (10/4)
  • Yagna for World Peace, Rajula (15/4)
  • Foundation-stone laying ceremony for new assembly hall, Talaja (21/4)
  • Foundation-stone laying ceremony for new BAPS students’ hostel, Bhavnagar (23/4)
  • Yagna for World Peace, Surendranagar (3/6)
  • Foundation-stone laying ceremony for new assembly hall, Surendranagar (4/6)
  • Placing of first carved pillar of shikharbaddh mandir, Bhavnagar (30/9)
  • New sinhasans of main shrines, Gondal (5/10)
  • Foundation-stone for new assembly hall, Rajkot (31/10)
  • Carved keystone for ceiling at Akshardham, New Delhi (21/11)
  • Shilanyas Ceremony for mandir and cultural complex, Kolkata (30/11)
     
Inaugurations
 

Inaugurations, Total - 10

  • PIIT, Selvas (10/1)
  • Yogi Assembly Hall, Mumbai (19/1)
  • Swaminarayan Primary School (Mt. Abu), New Delhi (4/2)
  • Primary School, Bhadra (17/4)
  • BAPS Students’ Hostel & Guesthouse, Surat (5/6)
  • C.K. Pithavala College of Engineering and Technology, Surat (8/6)
  • New website for London Mandir, www.mandir. org, Amdavad (6/7)
  • New 2,000 litre water tank for Mahelav village (2/9)
  • New guest house for pilgrims, Gondal (5/10)
  • Swaminarayan Bal Prakash – new English bi-monthly for children, Gondal (10/10)
     
Shibirs
 

Shibirs, Total - 3

  • UK & USA Kishore-kishori Shibir (17-23/7, IRMA, Anand)
  • Divya Sannidhi Parva (24-27/7, Vidyanagar).
  • Teachers’ Convention (6/10, Gondal)
     
Diksha
 

Dikshas, Total - 38

  • 9 youths into sadhu-fold, 23 youths into parshad-fold (27/5).
  • 6 youths into parshad–fold (6/10)
     
BAPS Worldwide 2003
 

In addition to the regular satsang assemblies and festival celebrations at all
BAPS centres throughout the world, many special events and
activities are also organised. Below is a summary of some of
these major events and activities.

UK:

  • BAPS Exhibition, Moscow, Russia (17-21/2)
  • National Kishore-Kishori Karyakar Shibir, London (1/3)
  • 9th International Bhakti Conference, Heidelberg, Germany (23-26/7)
  • National Family Shibir, Keele (23-25/8)
  • Kishore-Kishori India Trip (June-August)
  • National Dabra Utsav, Milton Keynes (31/8)
  • Mandir Inauguration, Southend-on-Sea (5/10)
  • Mandir Inauguration, Antwerp, Belgium (10/10)
  • Annakut in House of Commons, London (29/10)
  • National Kishore-Kishori Shibir, London (31/12)
  • National Bal-Balika Shibir, London (31/12)

USA:

  • Medical Fair, Edison, NJ (1/6)
  • Kishore-Kishori Karcon, Houston (21/6)
  • Bal-Balika Karcon, Houston (26/6)
  • Bal Summer Training Camp, Edison, NJ (14-30/7)
  • Kishore-Kishori India Trip (July-August)
  • Regional Kishore-Kishori Summer Shibir, NY (1-3/8)
  • SE Regional Karcon, Jacksonville, FL (29-31/8))
  • Satsang Shibir, Edison, NJ (15-17/8)
  • Bal Mandal Golden Jubilee, Chicago (7/9)
  • Regional Karyakar Shibir, Edison, NJ (27/9)
  • Medical fair, Clifton, NJ (28/9)
  • Mandir Inauguration, Westchester, NY (12/10)
  • Inauguration of Swaminarayan Haveli, Toronto (30/10)
  • Mandir Inauguration, Minneapolis, MN (2/11)
  • College & Career Fair, Edison, NJ (22/11)
  • Midwest Regional Kishori Karcon, Chicago (14-21/12)
  • Bal-kishore Karyakar Adhiveshan, Washington (28/12)

India:

  • National Kishore-Kishori Adhiveshan (3/5)
  • Ideal Family Campaign (May)
  • Satsang Shibirs (16/4 to 22/5)
  • USA & UK Kishore-Kishori Shibir (19-23/7)
  • Divya Sannidhi Parva (24-27/7)
  • BAPS Services at Kumbh Mela (27/7 to 7/9)
  • Annakut Display and Vegetarianism Campaign, Porbandar (2-10/10)
  • 3rd Senior Karyakar Adhiveshan (11-12/10)
  • Karyakar Shibirs (Dec-Jan)
  • Africa Bal-Kishore Shibir (19-22/12)
  • Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation Projects
  • Bal Mandal Golden Jubilee – Mukhpath Competition

Africa:

  • Satsang Shibir, Nairobi (25-26/12)

Pacific:

  • BAPS Volunteers Plant Trees, Sydney (27/7)
  • Family Shibir, Auckland (28/6)
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