Pramukh Swami Maharaj inspired millions to lead a vegetarian lifestyle and in honour of his centenary and to promote his message of vegetarianism, devotees of BAPS Sydney baked an eggless vegetarian cake during the Shatabdi Maha-Annakut festival at the Rosehill Racecourse Gardens.
The cake was made in the form of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Smruti Mandir which is being built in Sarangpur. It was prepared by more than 60 BAPS volunteers and was acknowledged by The Australian Book of Records as the world’s largest eggless cake in the form of a traditional Hindu mandir.
The volunteers spent more than 4,025 man-hours in making this 3-meter wide, 3-meter deep and 2.4-meter-high cake. The cake had 41 different carved designs and consisted of 3,859 total pieces. These beautiful carvings gave the cake a life-like look of a stone temple. The final weight of this cake was 1,023 kg.
Another special feature was that while making this cake, volunteers continuously and devoutly recited the Sahajanand Namavali – 108 names describing the glory of Bhagwan Swaminarayan – more than 2,535 times. Thus, every moment spent in making this cake was their devotion.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj lived his life ‘in the joy of others…’ Thus, afterwards, following his life ethos, the cake was donated to Parramatta Mission and Hawkesbury Helping Hands to reach the less fortunate.