To commemorate guruhari Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 91st birthday, women devotees throughout India performed austerities, conducted satsang assemblies, sung kirtans and offered annakuts to Thakorji. Through these devotional programs, they prayed for Swamishri’s good health.
The list below provides details of the austerities and events performed by women at some BAPS centers.
- Gandhinagar: Continuous dhun, 60,000 malas, fasts.
- Pune: 91,000 malas, 2 recitations of ‘Jena Gune Rijhya Girdhari’, 91 recitations of Janmangal Namavali, 91-hour fasts (liquid and waterless), 1 day waterless fasts, 3-hour continuous dhun in mandir, with 4,221 malas, 2,835 pradakshinas, 2,445 panchang pranams – 4 times.
- Chennai: Recitation of Vachanamrut, 1263 recitations of Janmangal Namavali, reading of 1885 Swamini Vatos, mandir darshan, pilgrimage (to mandir) by foot by 36 fasting women devotees, 91-hour liquid fasts, waterless fasts, 206 recitations of the Vachanamrut by 21 women devotees in groups of 3, pradakshinas in mandir.
- Bengaluru (Bangalore): From 2010 to 2011: women devotees abstained from eating rice, 3 mandals came to the mandir for darshan every Punam, 15 women devotees observed fasts on sud 8 of every month, 90 women devotees performed pradakshinas for 91 hours.
- Ahmedabad (Vasna suburb): 90-hour waterless fasts.
- Ahmedabad (Chandkheda suburb): 991 recitations of Janmangal Namavali, reading of 262 Vachanamruts, 91 days waterless fasts in turn by 91 women devotees, continuous dhun.
- Ahmedabad (Zones 1, 2, 3): 10-hour continuous dhun at Shahibaug Mandir from 9.00 p.m. on 1 December to 7.00 a.m. 2 December 2011. Followed by a pilgrimage to Ambli Vali Pol.
- Bhuvaldi: Waterless fast by 45 women devotees, 24-hour continuous dhun.
- Vijapur: 90 women’s assemblies, 900 recitations of Janmangal Namavali, 90 women devotees observed liquid/waterless fasts.
- Kheralu: 91 assemblies, 21 days ‘Khatras’ fast, 30 days dharna-parna.
- Patan Region: 91-hour dhun (Sunsar, Shobhasan mandals)
- Anand: Total of 2,050 recitations of Janmangal Namavali by 510 women devotees, 5,620 malas.