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1 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva sud 5) Monday, Mahelav, Ramol, Kaloli, Mahelav
At 6.25 p.m. Swamishri arrived at the Swaminarayan Mandir in Ramol and performed pujan, arti and mantra pushpanjali of the murtis.
After blessing the Satsang assembly Swamishri stopped over for darshan at the Swaminarayan mandir in Kaloli and then proceeded.

2 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva sud 6) Tuesday, Mahelav
An assembly for the inauguration of a 2,000 litre water tank constructed by BAPS for Mahelav village was held in the mandir hall. Shri Narottambhai Patel, Minister for Water and Supplies, addressed the assembly. Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly. At 9.00 a.m., Swamishri and Shri Narottambhai inaugurated amidst Vedic chantings 'Yagnapurush Varigruh'. Thereafter, Shri Narottambhai unveiled the plaque declaring the village square as 'Pramukh Swami Maharaj Chowk' and the main approach road into the village as 'Shastriji Maharaj Marg'.

4 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva sud 9) Thursday, Mahelav
An assembly was held to mark the symbolic occasion of Shastriji Maharaj's shraddh. Pujya Brahmadarshan Swami, Pujya Viveksagar Swami and Pujya Mahant Swami addressed the assembly. Thereafter, youths of Amod performed a skit on Hira Mukhi. Swamishri was then honored with garlands by senior sadhus. The satsangi students and youths of Sojitra enacted the hardships that Shastriji Maharaj and his sadhus faced in spreading the doctrine of Akshar and Purushottam. Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly. More than 6,000 devotees attended the festival and had mahaprasad.

5 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva sud 10) Friday, Mahelav, Virol, Jesarva, Mahelav, Rojid, Sarangpur

The Mahelav village Council passed a resolution to name the lane where Shastriji Maharaj lived as 'Yagnapurush Pol'. Swamishri performed pujan of the name plate.

At 10.00 a.m. Swamishri arrived in Virol and performed pujan and arti of murtis at the Swaminarayan Mandir. Thereafter a small assembly was held and Swamishri blessed the devotees.

At 11.00 a.m. Swamishri arrived in Jesarva and performed the murti-pratishtha at the Swaminarayan Mandir.

Swamishri returned to Mahelav at about 12 noon.

At 7.20 p.m. Swamishri arrived in Rojid and held a public satsang assembly. Thereafter, Swamishri departed for Sarangpur.

6 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva sud 11) Saturday, Sarangpur; Jal Jhilani Festival
The Jal Jhilani festival stage was arranged in the shallow confluence of Utavali and Falgu rivers. After Swamishri's puja, a procession of sadhus and devotees with Shri Harikrishna Maharaj in a palanquin was carried in Sarangpur village. At 9.00 a.m. the mahapuja rituals commenced in the presence of Pujya Mahant Swami and Pujya Ghanshyamcharan Swami. Swamishri arrived at 10.20 a.m. After Pujya Mahant Swami's speech, Swamishri concluded the mahapuja rituals with pujan and arti. Then Swamishri blessed the assembly, "One who understands the glory of God and obeys His commands is liberated, and he becomes happy in this world and the next..."
Then Swamishri bathed Shri Harikrishna Maharaj with the holy water of Godavari brought from the Kumbh Mela and the holy water of rivers Ghela, Utavali and Falgu. Swamishri and senior sadhus made the customary five rounds in a boat and performed arti of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Shri Ganeshji. Thereafter Swamishri immersed the murti of Shri Ganeshji. On reaching the river shore, Swamishri applied the holy water on his head and sprinkled it on Pujya Mahant Swami, sadhus and devotees. About 4,500 devotees attended the festival.

12 September 2003 (V.S. 2059, Bhadarva vad 2) Friday, Sarangpur
In a recent National Milk Production Competition, cows and milch buffaloes of BAPS Sanstha's Shri Yagnapurush Gaushala, Sarangpur, were awarded the winners' trophies. The details are as follows:
H.F. cross-breed cow, Mandisari, produced a record breaking 56.133 litres and was awarded the gold medal.

Chandrakanta, a Gir cow, produced 28.267 litres and was declared first.

Three milch buffaloes of Jafrabadi breed, namely, Modini, Samdhi and Gargi, attained first, second and third ranks respectively.
Dr A. C. Aghara, co-head of milk production competition, and Dr Kishore V Patel, deputy head of animal husbandry, spoke about the competition to the assembly. Swamishri blessed both the guests.

14 September 2003 (Bhadarva sud 4) Sunday, Sarangpur; Shastriji Maharaj's Shraddh
The shraddh assembly commenced after Swamishri's puja. Students of 'Pramukh Swami Vidya Mandir' performed a traditional dance on the lyric 'Malya mune Shastriji Maharaj'. Pujya Brahmadarshan Swami, Pujya Ghanshyamcharan Swami, Pujya Siddheshwar Swami and Shri Haka Bapu spoke about the glory of Shastriji Maharaj and his love for Swamishri. After the rendering of bhajan 'Gunatit ka danka alamme...' by sadhus, Swamishri blessed the assembly. He said, "Shastriji Maharaj established this organization from nothing. At that time we had nothing. And in those circumstances Shastriji Maharaj built such huge mandirs and developed the Satsang organization. Its glory has spread throughout the world. If one is proud of this then one should experience joy and spirit of being blessed. Shastriji Maharaj's work was not a show. He had come on this earth with the principle preached by Shriji Maharaj. His mission was to explain the knowledge of Akshar and Purushottam ..."
More than 13,000 devotees attended the festival and had mahaprasad of dudhpak.

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