As part of the Shatabdi celebrations for the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Sarangpur, the BAPS women’s wing Ahmedabad organized a mahila celebration themed “Avyo avsar rudo anganiye.” The festival was held on the auspicious day of Labh Pacham 16 November 2015, in the Yagnapurush Sabhagruh Sarangpur, with thousands of women devotees attending this occasion.
The afternoon began with dhun and prarthana followed by Mangalacharan. Through skits, video presentations, inspiring speeches and dances performed by children and youth, the program covered the 4 main concepts of Bhakti (devotion), tyag (renounciation), samarpan (sacrifice) and seva (volunteerism).
Invited guests lit the inaugural lamp for the mahila celebrations. The Balikas, through skits and dances presented how to become Brahmarup by following “Pragat Satpurush no mahima ane temnu karya, agna palan and Aksharpurushottam Upasana.”
The youths presented inspiring skits on seva, samarpan and dharmanishtha of the women devotees of the times of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, including Raandeba of Sarangpur, Zulekhaben of Vanthali, Nanduba of Sarangpur and Kushalkuvarba of Dharampur. Thereafter youths presented a dance.
The delegates were briefed about the history of the Mandir, leelacharitras done in Sarangpur by Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the different prasangs of Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj and our present Guru – Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Through this everyone learnt how we should all associate ourselves with the Gunatit Satpurush and attain moksha.
As the celebrations drew to a close, the youths performed a vibrant dance, “Mandir Shatabdi Mahotsav aje Sarangpur ujavay.”
This marked the launch of the Shatabdi year celebrations to commemorate the 100 years of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Sarangpur.