The inauguration of the new mandir at Bhagwan Shri Ramchandraji's sacred birthplace in Ayodhya was a momentous occasion celebrated by over a billion Hindus worldwide. On January 21, 2024, BAPS Swaminarayan Mandirs across North America joined this global celebration, which included more than 100 BAPS mandirs in North America. This event marked the end of a 500-year journey and served as a tribute to the sacrifices and steadfast faith of countless swamis, acharyas, and devotees. The mandir stands as a beacon of faith and pride for Hindus worldwide.
Under the inspiring guidance of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS masterfully organized an array of devotional programs at 1,500 mandirs and 21,000 Satsang assemblies globally, each event pulsating with vibrant enthusiasm. The mandirs were beautifully transformed into stunning displays of devotion, each one adorned with sparkling lights, glowing diyas, and intricate rangolis that depicted Shri Ram and the new mandir, creating a captivating and spiritual ambiance. Heightening the excitement, a meticulously prepared, elaborate Annakut was a feast for the eyes. Delightful treats, including cookies and mandir-shaped cakes, each artfully inscribed with 'Shri Ram', added a special touch to the festivities.
The air was charged with devotion as vibrant processions, brimming with energy and fervor, were meticulously organized, weaving through the crowds and creating an atmosphere of divine celebration that was nothing short of magical. In a heartwarming and grand welcome, Shri Ram was reverently welcomed into the assembly in a beautifully decorated palkhi, amidst the joyful chants of the devotees and showering of flower petals. The event was also graced with profound and enlightening speeches by revered swamis and esteemed guests, who shared insights and reflections on the life and teachings of Shri Ram. His virtues of humility, respect for societal norms, forgiveness, and justice deeply resonated with the attendees.
Additionally, BAPS devotees also celebrated by decorating homes and mandirs with diyas and lamps, mirroring Diwali traditions. They also virtually attended the inauguration ceremony webcast from Ayodhya on January 22, 2024.
BAPS cherishes a long history with the Shri Ram Mandir. Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the pujan
of the first Shri Ram Shila that would be laid in the mandir's foundation in 1989. In 2020, Mahant Swami Maharaj performed a pujan
for the shilanyas ceremony
of the Shri Ram Mandir, where senior swamis from BAPS joined other revered mahatmas and dignitaries from across India.
BAPS extends heartfelt prayers to all who supported the mandir's construction, seeking blessings from Bhagwan Shri Ram. The inauguration signifies a substantial positive impact on society, marking a new era of reverence and unity in the Hindu community.