Over 20,000 devotees gathered in Mahelav, the birthplace of BAPS founder Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj, to celebrate his 149th birthday in the presence of the sadguru sadhus. The occasion also marked the launch of the year-long celebrations to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Shastriji Maharaj.

The celebration assembly was based on the theme of Agna, Upasana, Sadbhav and Paksha – four principles which Shastriji Maharaj practiced and preached with great dedication throughout his life.

These principles were elaborated upon through speeches by senior and other learned sadhus, skits, bhajans, dances and the video blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

The plans for the various activities and events to celebrate the 150th year - 'Sardh Shatabdi Mahotsav' - were also announced.

The assembly concluded with all devotees performing samuh arti.

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