Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) held festivities for Pushpadolotsav / Holi and Bhagatji Maharaj’s Birth Anniversary in the presence of Sadhu Uttamcharandas and Sadhu Kaivalyamurtidas on March 19, 2000 at the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Whittier.
The festivities began with the melodious dhoon, prarthana and devotional songs depicting the colorful and joyous spring season. It was followed by an inspiring discourse from Sadhu Uttamcharandas. The youth group presented a heart-warming "Holi dance" welcoming the spring.
Due to the confident faith in activities of BAPS throughout the world, the IDCA (association of the Diamond merchants with 110 members of Indian origin in LA,) has always chosen to extend their relief help through BAPS. With noble hearts, the IDCA members came forward with their generous donations of $10,001 to BAPS for the Orissa relief projects. BAPS has undertaken massive relief projects in the most recent cyclone in Orissa, where many people lost their lives.
The celebrations ended at 7.00 PM with aarti followed by mahaprasad. Approximately 1,200 people attended the festivities.