International women’s day was first celebrated in 1911. Since then, the achievements of women have been acknowledged, encouraged and celebrated over the years. The theme for 2014 is “Inspiring Change” (Prerak Parivartan). Change occurs after people take action, and action occurs when people are inspired. Centered on this theme, Mahila Din was held at many different mandirs and centers across India by the BAPS Mahila wing.
As part of the ongoing year-long celebrations of “Shastriji Maharaj Sardh Shatabdi Mahotsav”, speakers presented inspiring speeches on the life of Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj. Devotees presented an inspiring skit “Mukta Atma Karnibaa Banesinhaji Rana” in many different centers. Invited guests also addressed the audience. The objective was to inspire those who came to the event and to empower women everywhere.
Invited guests and members of the Mahila Karyalay were honored. Awards were presented to the women who achieved first-class in Satsang exams. Mahila Din celebrations included a speech on the women devotees at the time of Shastriji Maharaj, followed by a mantra pushpanjali. Yuvatis performed a traditional dance depicting the glory of Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj.