22 May 2003 (V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 7) Thursday, Gondal
In the evening Bal-Kishore Day assembly Pujya Ghanshyamcharan Swami addressed parents to inspire values in children. Thereafter balaks and kishores performed a drama called 'Khoj' (Search). Finally Swamishri eloquently talked about the need for parents to inspire values and satsang in children.
24 May 2003 (V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 9) Saturday, Gondal
An inter - BAPS Chhatralay Convention commenced from today wherein sadhus and Swamishri inspired students through enlightening lectures and blessings.
27 May 2003 (V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 12) Tuesday, Gondal; 111th Yogi Jayanti Festival and Completion of 700 Sadhus (diksha ceremony)
In the morning Swamishri visited Yogi Smruti Mandir for darshan and blessed the sadhus by instructing all on how to scale the heights of saintliness that Yogiji Maharaj lived and preached.
Swamishri fulfilled the desire of Yogiji Maharaj to initiate 700 sadhus. Swamishri gave sadhu and parshad dikshas to 31 youths and blessed the assembly.
In the evening, the 111th birthday of Yogiji Maharaj was celebrated on the mandir grounds. (See special report)
30 May 2003 (V.S. 2059, Vaishakh vad 14) Friday, Gondal
After visiting Akshardham on 27 May, the Vice president of India Shri Bhaironsinh Shekhavat arrived at 12.20 p.m. in Gondal for darshan of Thakorji and Swamishri. Pujya Kothari Swami and Pujya Viveksagar Swami welcomed him with garlands and then led him for darshan to Akshar Deri. Thereafter the Vice president met Swamishri who welcomed him with a garland. Swamishri then, after performing pujan of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj, applied a chandlo on Shri Shekhavat and tied an auspicious thread on his wrist. Swamishri also welcomed Shri Ashokbhai Bhatt, Shri Vallbhbhai Kathiriya and others.
The Vice President shared his impressions about his recent visit to Dwarika, Somnath and the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London. Shri Shekhavat praised Swamishri's accomplishment in initiating 700 educated sadhus for the service of society.
Swamishri explained the glory of Yogiji Maharaj and the divinity of Akshar Deri.
The Vice President departed at 1.00 p.m. When the All India Radio reporter asked him about his impression after his meeting with Swamishri he said, "I feel that my pilgrimage has been completed by having the darshan of Swamishri. I experienced a lot of peace. And I would like to say to everyone that two days earlier Pramukh Swamiji initiated 700 sadhus here. And there cannot be a greater gift to society then that."