H.D.H. Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 83rd Birthday was celebrated at Jersey City Mandir with a great joy and devotion. The theme of the Samaiyo was “Pagle Pagle Guru Harina, Shreeji Aave Pass.” The Path from the main Gate to the main Shrines of the Mandir was decorated nicely with 83 foot steps of Guru Hari Pramukh swami Maharaj. These foot steps were surrounded by roses and all major events of his life was highlighted near the foot steps with the years they occured. Since morning, people kept coming to Mandir for ‘Samuh Pooja’ and later for Annakut Aarti and Thaal. In the Annakut, more than 125 items, including a huge cake made by kishori Mandal, were offered to the Shriji Maharaj.

Evening sabha, Main celebration ceremony, started at 4 p.m. Dhoon was sung by the Bal Mandal. The celebration was full of music and devotion with the melodious kirtans such as “Nen ma samay nahi…”, “Pramukh swami ni jivan bhavna…”, “Rudo avsariyo aanganiye aayo re…”, and many more which raised the spirit of all the Haribhaktos. There was a small speech delivered on the topic, “how we can develope our true bhakti towards our guru by looking at his life”. The Parayan was done on “anand brahm.” At the end, everyone enjoyed video presentations of Bapa’s Vicharan. After the Samuh Aarti, everyone enjoyed maha prasad from the Annakut. At night, the live telecast of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Birthday in presence of him from India was shown on the big screen in the Sabha hall.

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