Gondal - Sharad Purnima
4 October 2009 (VS 2066) Sunday, Gondal & Rajkot
Sharad Purnima Celebration: The day marked the 75th inaugural anniversary of Gondal Mandir, the 225th birthday celebration of Gunatitanand Swami and the bicentenary year of Gunatitanand Swami’s diksha.
The grand celebration was held in the mandir precincts where more than 29,000 devotees participated. Despite ill health Swamishri attended the celebration assembly. The programme included speeches, dance and dramas:
Speech: Purpose of Gunatitanand Swami’s birth – Pujya Shrihari Swami
Drama: “Gunatitanand Swami’s Saintliness”
Speech: History of Gondal Mandir – Pujya Siddheshwar Swami
Drama: “Pandade Pandade Maharaj and Swami”
Speech: Difficulties during Gondal Mandir construction – Pujya Adarshjivan Swami
Drama: Shastriji Maharaj plays dilruba
Video: Yogiji Maharaj
Speech: Reminiscences of Yogiji Maharaj in Gondal – Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami
Traditional Dance: Local youths
Speech: Memories about Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Gondal – Pujya Viveksagar Swami
Swamishri said, “Shriji Maharaj took birth on earth to liberate countless souls. He brought Gunatitanand Swami with him. The reference of Akshar is found in Vachanamrut Gadhada I-71. By offering bhakti to God along with the Gunatit Sadhu one’s inner weaknesses and failings are dissolved in this birth instead of 100 births. This was the reason why Shastriji Maharaj had installed the murti of Gunatitanand Swami.” The assembly programme was interspersed with five artis performed by devotees, senior sadhus and Swamishri.
2 October 2009 (VS 2066, Saptami Shradh Gandhi Jayanti ) Friday, Gondal & Rajkot
Swamishri got up with a shivering fever of 102.8oF. After taking medicine he completed his daily ablutions and went for Thakorji’s darshan. Thereafter he performed his daily puja. In the evening he attended to the correspondence from devotees.
Swamishri’s medical report showed that he had malaria. By evening the fever had subsided but Swamishri was feeling weak.
13 October 2009 (VS 2066, Vad Dasham ) Tuesday, Gondal & Rajkot
Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of pujan and arti of the murtis for new BAPS hari mandirs in Meta Khambhaliya, Malod and Bavavala suburb (Jetpur).