On Tuesday 31st October 2017, Shree Abji Bapashree Jayanti celebrations were held at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bolton, marking His 173rd anniversary since His manifestation.
A 1-hour dhoon was held along with Kartik sud Ekadashi (Prabodhini Ekadashi) celebrations. This auspicious day was also accompanied by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa's divine blessings, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree aarti and poojan to Lord Shree Swaminarayan.
Prabodhini Ekadashi is the day of which chaturmas comes to a conclusion. The additional observances taken by all disciples come to an end on this day.
For disciples of the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sanstan, Kartik sud Ekadashi is regarded as the most significant Ekadashi of the year due to its great significance marking six historical events:
In the year Samvat 1796, Dharmadev, the father of Lord Swaminarayan was born in the village of Itar.
In the year Samvat 1857, Sadguru Shree Ramanand Swami initiated Shree Nilkanthvarni as a Sant in the village of Piplana
Lord Swaminarayan became seated upon His divine throne, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, gave darshan upon this earth today in the year Samvat 1901 in the village of Vrushpur.
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, took initiation as a Sant from His gurudev Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharan Swamibapa.
Kartik sud ekadashi is viewed to be the most important ekadashi of the year. Celebrations last for 5 days; ending on the poonam (full moon day). This poonam is also called Dev Diwali.
In Samvat 1858, Sadguru Shree Ramanand Swami handed over the entire helm of the religion to Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj, Lord Swaminarayan. This historic event occurred in the village of Jetpur.
From the moment He took control of the religion, Lord Swaminarayan also became seated upon His divine throne, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
The divine murti through whom Lord Swaminarayan re-manifested upon this earth to propagate His own true spiritual tenets, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, gave darshan upon this earth today in the year Samvat 1901 in the village of Vrushpur.
The divine spirituality, Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, who spread the supreme tenets of Lord Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Bapashree throughout the entire world; the revolutionary divine Saint who brought from the celestial abode Akshardham, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, onto this earth, took initiation as a Sant from His gurudev Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharan Swamibapa on this day in the year Samvat 1986 in Saraspur, Ahmedabad.
24-hour continuous dhoon is held at the headquarters of the Karan Satsang, Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Maninagar, in the presence of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree. Continuous dhoon is also held for shorter periods of time at all Swaminarayan Gadi Temples around the world.