Chicago

April 1, 2001. Spiritual and devotional mood prevailed in the Haveli for this unique celebration. The cultural program was a magnificently organized, written, and performed musical, 'Suraj Sahajanand.' This 90-minute drama/dance sequence stunned hundreds who were present. Looking on with amazement, astounded by the life-like decorations, all were marveled at the remarkable illustration of the divine life of Lord Swaminarayan by the young artists of BAPS ranging from the age of 4 to 35. These children and youths had worked hard for this event. The Kishori Mandal set up an exhibition on the life of Lord Swaminarayan in main foyer of the Haveli.

Republican Hank Gianvechio said a few words to the assembly explaining that we must, as an Indian community, hold on to our culture and teach it to others. Indian youth of today should look to their parents to learn and never forget the morals, heritage, and culture of India. At the end the traditional Arti was sung in unison. A beautiful Annakut was also offered to the Lord on his birthday.  

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