Around 850 yuvaks and yuvatis of Bhavnagar participated in the annual shibir which this year was held at the BAPS Mandir in Sankari, Gujarat, in the presence of Pujya Bhaktipriya Swami (Kothari Swami).
This year’s shibir was based on the theme ‘Youths! Become Prepared. - Shastri Narayanswarupdas’. Over the past several decades, Pramukh Swami Maharaj has written hundreds of thousands of letters to devotees all over the world to inspire observance of agna and niyams and strengthen upasna and nishtha.
The shibir focused on these messages through speeches and question-answer sessions with Kothari Swami and other learned and experienced sadhus. The theme was further re-inforced through discussions, audio-video presentations, message-oriented activities and cultural performances.
The youths also went for darshan to the BAPS Mandirs in Bharuch, Navsari, Tithal and Selvassa. On 13 November 2013, the youths were blessed by the darshan of Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Sarangpur, during which they presented a traditional dance, skit and offered their prayers.
The entire shibir experience motivated the youths to practice satsang more sincerely in their daily lives.