Over 8,000 devotees gathered for the 230th birthday celebration of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in Saragnpur in the presence of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

The evening celebration assembly featured inspiring speeches, bhajans, traditional dances and skits depicting the life, work and messages of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Swamishri blessed the assembly, saying, “By celebrating this occasion, one benefits in this world and hereafter. Maharaj manifest on this earth and revealed the knowledge of Akshar-Purushottam. Shastriji Maharaj understood the truth of this jnan, and tolerating many hardships built mandirs. Yogiji Maharaj established bal and yuvak mandals, knowing that by attaining this knowledge, the jiva attains kalyan.

“Mandirs are alive due to the presence of God. That is why arti, thal and other rituals are performed.

“When we leave this body, none of our wealth comes with us. Only what we have done to please Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj is of use. This life is for offering bhakti to God.”

Then, celebrating the birth at 10.10 p.m. Swamishri performed pujan and arti of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and devoutly rocked him in the special decorated cradle. 

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