Bhagwan Swaminarayan manifested on earth in 1781 on the Hindu calendrical day of Chaitra Sud 9. His divine vision and personality became an eternal light that reformed the world and inspired a spiritual revival.
The day also marks the birth of Bhagwan Ramachandra – an ideal son, husband, and king, whose life was a testimony of purity, altruistic compassion and remarkable tolerance.
The festivals of Swaminarayan Jayanti and Rama Navami were joyously celebrated at all BAPS mandirs and centres in the UK and in Europe with various devotional ceremonies and assemblies.
Celebrations included devotional singing, live discourses, video presentations, short sketches and cultural dances. An evening programme explained how one can become an ideal devotee of God through faith, devotion and spiritual understanding, which drew upon the lives of exemplary devotees from the time of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Bhagwan Ramachandra.
The festivities concluded with the janmotsav arti for Bhagwan Ramachandra and Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
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