Vicharan Reports

1 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Maha vad 14) Saturday, Atladra
Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of murtis for a new Swaminarayan Sanskardham in the village of Ramangamadi district Vadodara.
From 6.10 p.m., Swamishri attended the 20th annual day celebration day of Shri Akshar Purushottam Chhatralay. After speeches and bhajans by the chhatralay students a youth performed a monoacting on 'Pibek's Defeat.' The hostel youths performed a drama called 'The Darbar of Dharmaraja' that conveyed the message that morality and spirituality are more important than money and power. After another drama 'A Summons for the Witness', which showed different elements responsible for the erosion of character in today's students, Swamishri blessed the assembly, " ... You must first be conscious that you are students. Your priority is to study and to develop character. You should overcome whatever faults you have. By looking at another's fault you can never improve yourself... The change should be inspired within yourself."

3 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Maha vad 30) Monday, Atladra, Dabhasa, Jambusar
At 10.30 a.m., Swamishri arrived in Dabhasa and performed pujan and arti of Thakorji at the newly built hari mandir. After blessing a satsang assembly Swamishri departed for Jambusar.
On arriving at Jambusar mandir Swamishri performed the pujan rituals of golden kalashas and flagstaffs to be placed on the mandir shikhars. Then Swamishri blessed the assembly. The devotees honored Shri Harikrishna Maharaj.

4 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 1) Tuesday, Jambusar
Swamishri performed the yagna rituals in which 561 devotees participated around 70-yagna kunds. After the pujan rituals Swamishri performed arti and offered a coconut into the main yagna kund.
From 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., a colorful procession of the murtis in decorated floats was carried out in Jambusar. The procession was welcomed enthusiastically by the local people as it passed through the main streets.

5 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 2) Wednesday, Jambusar, Gavasad, Bamangam, Anand, Vidyanagar
At 9.15 a.m., Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of the marble murtis of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj and Guru Parampara. Finally, Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha arti. Pujya Bhaktavatsal Swami and Pujya Viveksagar Swami addressed the pratishtha assembly. After a welcome dance by the kishore mandal of Jambusar Swamishri blessed the assembly. More the 25,000 devotees had mahaprasad.
At 5.05 p.m., Swamishri departed from Jambusar and arrived at Gavasad at 5.30 p.m. After performing pujan and arti of Thakorji at the newly built Swaminarayan mandir Swamishri blessed the assembly of devotees and departed.
Swamishri arrived at Bamangam and performed the arti of Thakorji on its 8th inauguration anniversary celebration (patotsav). Thereafter, Swamishri blessed the assembly.
Then Swamishri traveled to Anand, performed arti of Thakorji and departed for Vidyanagar.

6 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 3) Thursday, Vidyanagar
Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of murtis for the hari mandirs in the towns of Ramol and Virol.
At 6.30 p.m., Swamishri attended the annual day special program by satsangi students of APC. They performed bhajans and a drama called 'Mrutunjay'. Finally, Swamishri blessed the assembly.

7 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 4) Friday, Vidyanagar, Matar, Kalol At 10.25 a.m., Swamishri arrived in Matar and performed the murti-pratishtha ceremony and arti of Thakorji in the newly built hari mandir.
At 12.30 p.m., Swamishri arrived in Kalol. In the evening assembly Swamishri was honored with a citation and Key to the City by officials of the local municipality.

9 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 6) Sunday, Mahesana
A convention of chhatralay alumni was held. Several students narrated their experiences and benefits of having stayed in the chhatralay. In conclusion, Swamishri blessed the convention.
Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha rituals of murtis for hari mandirs in the villages of Sujanpur, Paliyad and Mokhasan.
In the evening satsang assembly the devotees honored Shri Harikrishna Maharaj.

13 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 10) Thursday, Modhera, Kherva, Limbodra, Gandhinagar
Swamishri performed his morning puja in Modhera.
At 7.00 p.m., Swamishri arrived at Limbodra and was pleased to see the period sets of Loj village.

14 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 11) Friday, Gandhinagar
At 9.00 a.m., Swamishri offered flowers at the feet of Shri Nilkanth Varni on the Akshardham podium.
At 6.15 p.m., Swamishri performed arti of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Guru Parampara on the Akshardham podium.

15 March 2003 (V.S. 2059, Fagan sud 12) Saturday, Gandhinagar
At 11.00 a.m., Swamishri travelled to Raisan village and observed the sets of Rameshwar mandir, streets of Ayodhya and Kamaleshwar Math of Shripur.
At 6.00 p.m., Swamishri arrived at the Akshardham podium to perform arti of the murti of Shri Nilkanth Varni in the presence of over 5,000 devotees.


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