Guru Purnima Celebration
At 11.05 a.m. Swamishri arrived for Thakorji’s darshan in the mandir and performed the rajbhog arti. Thereafter, Swamishri came on the stage of Yogi Mandapam, where 12,000 devotees were seated for darshan and discourses for the Guru Punam celebration. Swamishri also gave darshan to the 45,000 devotees assembled in Bochasan for the Guru Punam celebration through a live transmission. Swamishri folded his hands and conveyed ‘Jai Swaminarayan’ to all in Bochasan. Thereafter senior sadhus honoured Swamishri with garlands. Then the devotees offered their obeisances to Swamishri by offering rice grains and flower petals amidst the chanting of “Guru Brahma…” Then Swamishri proceeded towards the Smruti Mandir, blessing the devotees seated in the assembly hall. On his way back Swamishri blessed all from far.
At 9.55 p.m. Swamishri gave darshan to the devotees in the rear part of his quarters during the Guru Purnima satsang assembly. Several skits to celebrate Guru Punam were enacted by youths, portraying incidents from the life of Gunatitanand Swami and the guru parampara. Then, Viveksagar Swami briefly addressed the audience about the life and work of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. In conclusion, everyone performed arti of the murtis of Shri Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj and the guru parampara.