His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj completed 91 years and entered into his 92nd year. His birthday was celebrated in his presence with great devotion at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Ahmedabad, India.
The mandir compound was colourfully decorated. A large cake, 22 feet long and 8 feet wide was displayed in the mandir compound. It was decorated with scenes and symbols to depict some aspects of Swamishri’s life: his tireless vicharan, personal counselling to devotees and well-wishers, the sadhu diksha he has given to youths and the mandirs he has inaugurated.
Senior sadhus garlanded Swamishri on his arrival in the mandir compound, while the BAPS youth band from Nadiad played various bhajan tunes. The famous percussionist, Shivamani, also performed with upbeat rhythms.
After Thakorji’s darshan in the mandir, Swamishri proceeded to the assembly hall, where thousands of devotees devoutly welcomed him to the celebration assembly. Swamishri was honoured by senior sadhus with garlands and shawls made by different satsang centres. A short skit by children was followed by a kirtan, after which mantra-pushpanjali was offered by all the sadhus and devotees for Swamishri’s continued good health.