Vicharan Reports

1 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun sud 10) Monday, Junagadh, Jetpur, Gondal
On the way from Junagadh to Gondal, Swamishri visited Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Jetpur for darshan. It was here that Ramanand Swami had appointed the 21-year-old Shriji Maharaj as his successor and head of the Sampraday.

2 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun sud 11) Tuesday, Gondal, Gadhada
Swamishri arrived in Gadhada at 6.40 p.m. and went directly to Lakshmi Vadi. Here, Swamishri had darshan at the Shri Hari Smruti Mandir, where Shriji Maharaj was cremated, and other sanctified spots.

3 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun sud 12) Wednesday, Gadhada
At 11.00 a.m. Swamishri went for darshan to the old Swaminarayan Mandir, built by Shriji Maharaj on the south side of Dada Khachar's darbar. Swamishri also had darshan of Akshar Ordi (Shriji Maharaj's residence for 30 years), the Limbdo at the center of the darbar compound and the adjoining rooms.

5 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun sud 14) Friday, Gadhada, Sarangpur
Swamishri arrived in the evening assembly. The stage had been beautifully decorated to represent 'Yagnapurush Fulvadi' - a mango orchard.
The volunteers who would be serving during the following two days of festivities were seated in the assembly. Swamishri blessed them, "The term 'sadhuta' is not just for sadhus. It is also for householders. They are also followers of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. We have attained the company of gurus like Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj. They have guided us that we should remain humble, polite and help others so that there are no difficulties.
"If these virtues are developed, then even our personal and family difficulties are resolved. If there are disagreements at home, remain patient. Questions will arise at home, but at those times tolerate. Do you know to tolerate? Do not rush into things; do not become agitated. Be very humble.
"Look at God and His holy Sadhu. If they are pleased, that is enough. Focus on what pleases them. As satsangis, our behavior should not be loose. We should live by Shriji Maharaj's commands. We must have good behavior and character. We belong to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Yogiji Maharaj. So, to please them we must have good behavior. From this, others will be inspired and will also pleased."
After his blessings to the volunteers, Swamishri performed pujan of Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and sprayed Him with saffrom-scented water. Then Swamishri sprayed the volunteers with sanctified water, as the sadhus sang devotional songs befitting the occasion.

6 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, FAgun sud 14) Saturday, Sarangpur; Birthday of Bhagatji Maharaj
After Swamishri's morning puja, the birthday assembly of Brahmaswarup Bhagatji Maharaj following speeches by senior sadhus, Swamishri blessed the assembly.

7 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun vad 1) Sunday, Sarangpur; Dhuleti, Pushpadolotsav

11 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun vad 5) Thursday, Sarangpur
Before his morning puja, Swamishri went to Yagnapurush Smruti Mandir for darshan. Then he went to Yagnapurush Gaushala to inaugurate the new offices, mobile veterinary dispensary and the animal treatment center.
After puja, Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti for the murtis to be installed at the new hari mandir in Chandrasar (dist: Surendranagar).

12 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun vad 6) Friday, Panvi, Sarangpur
At 10.25 a.m. Swamishri arrived in Panvi to perform the murti-pratishtha of the new hari mandir.

13 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun vad 7) Saturday, Sarangpur, Lathidad, Sarangpur
At 6.00 p.m. Swamishri arrived in Lathidad to perform the pujan and arti of the recently inaugurated hari mandir.

14 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun vad 8) Sunday, Sarangpur
After his morning puja, Swamishri inaugurated 'Niti Vignan' and 'Bal Sanskar Sahita' - two new publications prepared by sadhus in Sarangpur for the pupils of Pramukh Swami Vidya Mandir.
To commemorate Women's Day, the women devotees of Botad had prepared a 'Bhakti Kumbh' containing 8,484 flowers petals on which the Swaminarayan mantra had been written. They had also recited the Janmangal Namavali (Shriji Maharaj's 108 names) 1,084 times. Also, they had devotionally written the Swaminarayan mantra on 8,484 grains of rice.
At 11.30 a.m. Swamishri inaugurated the new school, administrative and residential buildings for the Pramukh Swami Vidya Mandir.

15 March 2004 (V.S. 2060, Fagun vad 9) Monday, Sarangpur, Jalila, Sarangpur
At 10. 25 a.m. Swamishri arrived in Jalila to perform the murti-pratishtha of the new hari mandir.
During lunch, Swamishri attentively listened to the reading of a report written by Santosh Kulkarni, a dedicated BAPS volunteer at Akshardham in Gandhinagar, about the ceremony in which he had received the Red & White Bravery Award Gold Medal from the Governor, for his outstanding bravery during the Akshardham terrorist attack in September 2002.


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