Thousands of devotees thronged amid the bright morning sun to the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Shahibaug to celebrate the Jal Jhilani festival in the presence of guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj and senior sadhus. After the morning shangar arti, the sadhus honored Shri Harikrishna Maharaj by carrying him in a palkhi around the mandir pradakshina while singing bhajans.
In the mandir compound a temporary dais with a large pool of water in front had been set up for the celebration. Here, the traditional mahapuja was performed by Pujya Doctor Swami, Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, Pujya Viveksagar Swami and other sadhus. Thereafter, there were speeches by Pujya Doctor Swami, Pujya Viveksagar Swami and Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, between which four artis were offered to Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and He was taken on a cruise around the pool in a remote controlled boat. When Swamishri arrived on stage he performed pujan and the final arti of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and then operated the remote controlled boat on which Shri Harikrishna Maharaj was seated. Finally, Swamishri was honored with special devoutly prepared garlands, with prayers that God blesses all with peace, happiness and prosperity.