The Vedic ceremony to scatter the sacred ashes of Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj in the holy River Narmada was performed by Pragat Brahmaswarup Mahant Swami Maharaj, sadguru sadhus and dignitaries in the presence of 8,000 devotees. Especially present on this auspicious occasion were three former ministers of the Narmada project – Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Shri Jaynarayanbhai Vyas and Shri Siddharthbhai Patel. The River Narmada is regarded as the lifeline of Gujarat as it provides water to many parts of the state.
The initial mahapuja rituals commenced at 3.45 p.m. in the grounds of Narmada Park where the devotees were seated. At 4.45 p.m., HH Mahant Swami Maharaj arrived at the banks of the river where a decorative platform had been created using barges.
Mahant Swami Maharaj performed the concluding rituals and then scattered the asthipushpa (sacred ashes) of Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj into the holy River Narmada. The former ministers, other dignitaries, senior devotees and sadhus from various BAPS mandirs then also scattered Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s sacred ashes into the holy river.
Thereafter, an assembly in the adjacent Narmada Park was held based on the theme ‘Pramukh Swami Maharaj – Our Lifeline’, depicting the various ways by which Pramukh Swami Maharaj nurtured the spiritual and social lives of individuals and society. The program featured speeches by senior sadhus and the three former ministers, as well as video shows. The assembly concluded with the blessings of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj.