BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Mill Park, Melbourne, Australia was inaugurated on 23 March 2012 with the blessings of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
On 2 April 2021, on the occasion of the 9th Patotsav of the mandir, the Murti-Pratishtha Mahotsav of Shri Nilkanth Varni Maharaj and the grand opening of the Abhishek Mandapam was organized via a live webcast in the presence of the resident sadhus of the Asia Pacific region. The ceremony in the mandir began with a Vedic mahapuja and was followed by the murti-pratishtha rituals of Shri Nilkanth Varni Maharaj performed by the resident swamis. Following the murti-pratishtha, a grand annakut of savory and sweet vegetarian delicacies was offered to Shri Nilkanth Varni Maharaj.
The first abhishek and arti of the murti was performed by Param Pujya Mahant Swami Maharaj from Nenpur, India.
Hundreds of families throughout Melbourne participated in the mahapuja and abhishek rituals virtually from their homes to comply with the local government Covid-19 guidelines.

 

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