31 December 2009 (VS 2066, Poshi Punam) Thursday, Nadiad, Dabhan
Gunatitanand Swami Diksha Bicentenary Celebration: In the morning Swamishri presided over a grand yagna held on the grounds adjacent to the BAPS mandir in Dabhan. More than 2,635 devotees participated in the ritual yagna around 279 yagna kunds and with 175 Brahmin pundits chanting Vedic mantras.In the evening, the celebration assembly commenced at 3.45 p.m. It was relayed live in India and abroad. The assembly theme was based on Gunatitanand Swami’s universal glory. The assembly programme included speeches by senior sadhus, mantras sung by children and a drama by youths. The celebration climaxed with Swamishri’s blessings. For a detailed report see Swaminarayan Bliss, February 2010, pp. 23-25.