2 April 2008, (V.S. 2064, Papmochani Ekadashi ) Sarangpur
Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti for the murtis of BAPS hari mandir in Nayka. Thereafter he blessed the devotees.
3 April 2008, (V.S. 2064, Vad Baras) Sarangpur
Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti of murtis for BAPS hari mandir in Navagam (Loliyana).
Shri Hari Jayanti
14 April 2008, (V.S. 2064) 228TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF BHAGWAN SWAMINARAYAN, Sarangpur
The 228th birthday celebration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan commenced in the evening, based on the central theme of Shriji Maharaj’s infinite grace. It was held on the precincts of Sarangpur mandir with the entire mandir serving as the backdrop. The stage was decorated with ornate archways and pillars with a beautiful replica of a winged Akshar Deri in which the utsav murti of Bhagwan Swaminarayan showered divine grace upon all. Ghanshyamcharan Swami elaborated upon the supreme glory of Shriji Maharaj. Thereafter sadhus sang “Premvati sut jãyo anupam…” Viveksagar Swami spoke about the glory of the spiritual successors of Shriji Maharaj. Swamishri was honoured with garlands by senior sadhus. Thereafter Swamishri inaugurated a publication on Shriji Maharaj’s preachings, Purushottam Boliyã Prite compiled from Haricharitramrutsagar by Aksharjivan Swami, an MP3 collection of bhajans sung by sadhus during the kirtan aradhanas performed between 1975 and 1981 and a DVD version of the film Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Thereafter a drama, ‘Bhakta Sagram’, written by Brahmaprakash Swami, was enacted by youths from Ahmedabad. At 9.45 pm Swamishri commenced his blessings by appreciating the holy day to be the birth of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Bhagwan Shri Ram. Swamishri said, “The noble kingdom Ram had established, Ram rajya, can only be possible today if we dissolve our base instincts. Ram’s life was full of virtues and that was why people respected him and countless worship him even today. All should take inspiration from his familial feelings and obedience to his father. Because of his father’s order he lived in exile in the forest. Ram was polite, humble and caring towards his people. “Only when one’s base instincts get eradicated will Ram rajya dawn again on India. Shriji Maharaj said that one who lives a morally pure life and is wedded to upasana can experience happiness. God comes on earth to fulfil the wishes and love of his devotees. By so doing the devotees become attached to him and attain ekantik dharma.” In conclusion Swamishri performed arti of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj along with the entire assembly. Then Swamishri rocked the hindolo as sadhus sang bhajans in praise of Maharaj’s birth and life, “Dharma gher ãnand bhayo…” Thereafter senior sadhus rocked Thakorji on a decorated swing. At 10.15 pm Swamishri went to the mandir for Thakorji’s darshan. An annakut had been arranged before Thakorji. Swamishri prayed for the good of all devotees and retired at 10.25 pm.