Vicharan Reports

1 to 3 June 2000: ( Vaishakh Vad 14 to Jeth Sud 1, V.S. 2056) Thursday to Saturday, Gandhinagar
Sant Shibir

5 June 2000: ( Jeth Sud 3/4, V.S. 2056) Monday, Amdavad, Pramukh Varni Din
In the morning Swamishri blessed all the sadhus. At 10.00 am Swamishri inaugurated a traffic island named "Swaminarayan Chowk" near the mandir and then visited Ambli Vali Pol. In the evening, from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm the 50th Anniversary celebration of Swamishri's appointment as President of BAPS was celebrated at the Sardar Patel Stadium. 


6 June 2000: ( Jeth Sud 5, V.S. 2056) Tuesday, Amdavad
Swamishri inaugurated a small exhibition in the mandir complex describing Indian culture, life and work of Lord Swaminarayan and activities of BAPS.

9 June 2000: ( Jeth Sud 8, V.S. 2056) Friday, Mumbai, London

Scheduled to depart for London, Swamishri performed his puja at 4.25 am and arrived at the International Airport at 6.15 am. The Air India flight 747, Ajanta, took off at 7.27 am and landed at Heathrow Airport, London at 11.40 am GMT (4.10 pm IST). Due to a computer breakdown in the control tower the plane had to wait for one hour before it arrived at the noose.

Swamishri arrived at the London Mandir at 2.03 pm. After a brief welcoming ceremony, Swamishri blessed the devotees.

10 June 2000: ( Jeth Sud 9, V.S. 2056) Saturday, London
In the evening a welcoming assembly was held to honor Swamishri and sadhus.


13 June 2000: ( Jeth Sud 12, V.S. 2056) Tuesday, London, Paris
Swamishri arrived at Waterloo Station at 9.35 am and boarded the Eurostar train to France. Swamishri was welcomed at the Gard-Du-Word station in Paris at 1.22 pm (GMT). The evening assembly was held in a church hall.


14 June 2000: ( Jeth Sud 13, V.S. 2056) Wednesday, Paris
Before Swamishri, a satsangi youth delivered a speech about Bhagatji Maharaj in the Italian language. In the evening, the Paris Kishore mandal performed a drama on Khima Dobariya's resolute faith in Lord Swaminarayan.


15 June 2000: ( Jeth Sud 14, V.S. 2056) Thursday, Paris
During the evening assembly in the Church hall, the church priest, Petre Nicolik, paid his respects to Swamishri by offering namaskar. Four-hundred and fifty people had afttended the evening Satsang assembly.


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