Over 5000 devotees from throughout Gujarat and abroad attended the 225th birthday celebration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in Sarangpur in the presence of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
The majority of these devotees, young and old, had observed a waterless fast as per the celebration's tradition. Throughout the whole day, from early morning, special assemblies and programs were held to commemorate this auspicious occasion.
In Swamishri's morning puja, the sadhus sung bhajans describing the divine form and episodes of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
In the main evening assembly, which began at 8.00 pm, the stage backdrop displayed the life and work of Bhagwan Swaminarayan through a series of 12 excellent paintings.
During the assembly the sadhus presented bhajans and speeches on topics such as Bhagwan Swaminarayan's sadhus, Bhagwan Swaminarayan's devotees, the concept of manifest God, etc.
Towards the end of the assembly Swamishri blessed the devotees with his words of divine wisdom. Finally, Swamishri performed the Janmotsav arti at 10.10 pm, the time of Bhagwan Swaminarayan's birth.