Two days of ritual ceremonies marked the inauguration of the new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in the Chitrakut area of Katargam suburb in Surat. On the morning of 11 January, over 500 yajmans participated in the yagna for world peace. In the afternoon, a colorful nagar-yatra of the murtis was organized through the streets of Katargam and in the evening over 8,000 devotees attended the inspiring public assembly.
On 12 January, Pujya Keshavjivan Swami (Pujya Mahant Swami) and Pujya Ghanshyamcharan Swami ritually consecrated the murtis in the new hari mandir. Pramukh Swami Maharaj had previously performed the murti-pratishtha rituals on 7 January 2015 in Sarangpur.