Mahotsav Day 4
Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Friday, 7th April 2006 Swaminarayan Jayanti  

Mantra Lekhan

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Shangar Darshan

Mangla Aarti

Inside the temple devotees gathered from all over the world to have the divine darshan of the Lord during Mangla aarti on Shree Swaminarayan Jayanti.

At precisely 5:30 am, the sinhasan doors opened to reveal the divine mangla darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa in His gold sinhasan. Everyone present had the darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performing aarti.

The Lord gave darshan adorned with His night clothing: a pink cap; pink tunic, blue trousers and shawl.

Shangar Aarti and Ankot Darshan

At 7:50 am the doors opened to reveal the divine darshan of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, who was adorned with a colourful diamond-encrusted kirit moogat and red garments that were embroided with gold thread. He had many gold necklaces and garlands covering Him from His neck to His lotus feet. On this auspicious day, annkut was offered, with hundreds of variaties of sweet and savoury dishes.

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed Shangar Aarti. Following the niyams Acharya Swamishree and the sants went for darshan to the Suvarna Tula Smarak Bhavan - Shree Swaminarayan Tower.

The divine darshan of the Lord during Shangar aarti The divine annkut darshan of the Lord during Shangar aarti


Swagat Yatra

On this fourth day of the Mahotsav, the sants and devotees waited patiently at Shree Swaminarayan Tower for Acharya Swamishree to arrive.

Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band gave a rendition of their repertoire whilst Acharya Swamishree and the sants went into the Tower for darshan. He was adorned with red garments. He then took His seat on the chariot. Poojan was offered by the devotees on whose behalf the scripture recitals were being held.

The procession started at Shree Swaminarayan Tower. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band led the procession along Swaminarayan Road and into the sabha mandap.


Swagat Yatra

Swagat Yatra


Vachanamrut Recital at 8.45am

Divine Morning Ashirwad

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad;

  • Today is Chaitra Sud 9 – the manifestation day of the Lord. In worldly terms, the Lord is 225 years old today. Accepting the services of His disciples, the Lord now bestows His divine darshan from a gold sinhasan.
  • Today is not the Lord’s birthday. Birthdays are for those who are born and eventually die. The Lord has manifested; he never comes or goes.
  • On one occasion, the Lord commanded a mandal of His most eminent sants, headed by Shree Gopalbapa, to go to Agatrai for six months. Amongst the mandal of thirty, were Santdasji, Vyapakanand Swami, Swaroopanand Swami, Krupanand Swami, Gunantitanand Swami, Ramdasbhai and Aatmanand Swami. Ramdasbhai questioned the Lord, “It would be better if you designated someone other than Gopalbapa has the head of this mandal.” Shreejimaharaj replied, “He is My Sankalpa-swaroop and resides within My Murti. That is why he is the head of the Mandal and you all must stay under is command. Do not retain any arrogance about your own seniority.” Such if the supremacy of Gopalbapa and our Parampara.
  • Shree Gopalanand Swami once thought to himself, ‘how does devastation (pralay) occur?’ As soon as he thought this, destruction started to occur all around him. Shreejimaharaj asked him, ‘what was it that you did not have knowledge of?’ Gopalbapa replied, ‘I merely had a thought (sankalpa).’ This is how powerful Gopalbapa thoughts are; he made the impossible, possible.
  • To understand who the Lord truly is, is a very difficult feat. Turning a rosary, wearing a tilak-chandlo and kanthi, performing prostrations or circumambulations, etc., are all futile, without having an understanding about the true nature of God.
  • Only if we understand the true glory of the Lord, can we enjoy the immense that lies in His Murti. For example, if we are sat beside a President, there is no excitement in it unless we recognise who he is; but if we do recognise him, the feeling is completely different. We have the honour of being in the presence of such a supreme Lord – He has placed us beside Him. It constitutes a great flaw, if we do not recognise Him for who He truly is.
Shree Hari Naad-vansh Namaashtak

Acharya Swamishree presented the Naad-vansh Namaashtak at the lotus feet of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj. These eight verses (ashtak), composed by Acharya Swamishree, magnificently describe the glory of Lord Shree Swaminarayan's supreme, divine heritage - our Guruparampara. Read More....


Rajbhog Aarti at 9:45am

Honoured Guests

Tejas Patel - Cardiologist Tejas Patel - Cardiologist

Shree Samson Pillay - Senior Development Officer for the New India Insurance Company Limited

Cheque Presentation

Rs. 2,50,000 presented to Shree Sardarsingh Vasya Rs. 2,50,000 presented to Shree Sardarsingh Vasya

Rs. 1,10,000 presented to Shree Salam Sigh Patel
Rs. 50,000 presented to the poor & needy - Shree Kelovani Mandal Gangadiya


Thakorji Thaar (Lunch)

Fruit Shrikand, Puri, Farari Dhokra, Bateta no Shaak, Moriyo, Rajgari ni Gadhi, Rajgari ni Puri, Potato Crisps and Chaas.

Sandhya Aarti and Evening Niyams 7:00 pm

Thakorji Thaar (Evening Meal)

Fruit Salad, Puri, Farari Dhokra, Bateta no Shaak, Moriyo, Rajgari ni Gadhi, Rajkari ni Puri, Potato Crisps and Chaas.

3,000 litres of milk was used to make enough fruit salad for the evenings prasad.

Shayan Aarti

To conclude the events of this truly memorable day, at 8:15 pm everyone present at the Temple had the darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performing Shayan aarti.

The Lord gave darshan adorned with His night clothing: a pink cap; pink tunic and red trousersl.

Pragatya Celebrations

Pragatya Utsav 8:00 pm to 8:25 pm

Dhoon 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ankot Aarti 10:10 pm

Ankot Darshan Ankot Darshan

At 10:00 pm the curtains on the stage opened to reveal the a magificient ankot of 225 delicious food dishes offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. This annkut included a lado weighing 225 Kg and 225 paans. On the top Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Abji Bapashree, Jeevanpan Swamibapa and three Murtis of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj were swayed on a swing by Acharya Swamishree, just beneath which was a Murti of Babe Ghanshyam.

Types of Dishes
Kaju (Cashew) Dishes

Maava (Condensed Milk) Dishes


Pakvan (Cooked) Dishes

Paneer Dishes


Savoury Dishes


Vegetable Dishes

Total Number of Dishes

Kaju (Cashew) Dishes

  1. Kaju Kesar Roll (Cashew and Saffron Roll)
  2. Kaju Pista Roll (Cashew and Pistachio Roll)
  3. Kaju Anjeer Roll (Cashew and Anjeer Roll)
  4. Kaju Karash
  5. Kaju Paan
  6. Kaju Apple (Cashew Apples)
  7. Anjeer Pata
  8. Triveni Roll
  9. Anjeer Roll (Anjeer Roll)
  10. Pista Roll (Pistachio Roll)
  11. Kaju Tharbuch (Cashew and Watermelon)

Maava (Condensed Milk) Dishes

  1. Kesar Roll (Saffron Roll)
  2. Chocolate Roll
  3. Fruit Cake
  4. Chocolate Cake
  5. Chocolate Puri
  6. Rajvaadi Laadu
  7. Suraj Mukhi
  8. Apple
  9. Ring Laadu
  10. Maava Cutlets
  11. Maava Puri
  12. Three in One
  13. Penda
  14. Barfi
Paneer Dishes
  1. Kesar Amiyan 
  2. Kesar Baati
  3. Malai Chaap
  4. Pista Bhog
  5. Heera Mani
  6. Malai Bhog
  7. Kamal Bhog
  8. Triveni  Sangam
  9. Khoormaani

Pakvan (Cooked) Dishes

  1. Mohanthar
  2. Barfi Churmu
  3. Amrut Paak
  4. Jalebi
  5. Sata
  6. Motiya
  7. Chana no Mesukh
  8. Sutanferi
  9. Talshakari  (Sesame Snaps)
  10. Toprapak (Coconut Sweet)
  11. Barfi
  12. Magaj
  13. Chokha no Magaj
  14. Magdar
  15. Paanbida
  16. Goonja
  17. Goolab Jambu
  18. Ladoo
  19. Soji na Ladoo  (Semolina Ladoo)
  20. Penda
  21. Ghari
  22. Basudi na Ladoo
  23. Badam Paak
  24. Basudi Biranj
  25. Doodh Paak (Sweetened Milk)
  26. Fruit Salad
  27. Gebar
  28. Doodhi no Halvo
  29. Harasari
  30. Kansar
  31. Kaju Katri (Cashew Nut Sweet)
  32. KitKat Barfi
  33. Kansar
  34. Badam no mesookh
  35. Malpoova
  36. Pooran Puri  (Stuffed Sweet Puri)
  37. Ras (Mango Pulp)
  38. Siro
  39. Soji no Siro (Semolina Siro)
  40. Gahu no siro
  41. Biranj no Siro
  42. Fada Lapsi
  43. Moog no Siro
  44. Fada
  45. Sevo (Sweet Vermiacelli)
  46. Moogfari Paak
  47. Sookhadi
  48. Makhan ni Sookhadi
  49. Sonpapadi
  50. Rasmalai
  51. Cake
  52. Biscuit
  53. Imrati
  54. Gajar no Halvo
  55. Anjir Barfi
  56. Chikoo no Halvo
  57. Nan Khathai
  58. Tal Shankari (Thin Sesame Snaps)
  59. Adhiya
  60. Badam Sekeli (Roasted Almonds)
  61. Pista Paak (Pistachio Sweet)
  62. Tarela Kaju (Fried Cashews)
  63. Khaara Pista (Salted Pistachios)
  64. Sooko Gavar Tarelo
  65. Moog Dal
  66. Shrikhand
  67. Sakar Pada
  68. Batata no Siro
  69. Sakariya no Siro
  70. Chips
  71. Bombay Halva

Vegetable Dishes

  1. Potatoes
  2. Gajar (Carrots)
  3. Sakkariya (Sweet Potato)
  4. Suran (Sweet Yam)
  5. Beetroot
  6. Rathadu (Sweet Potato)
  7. Mogo (Cassava)
  8. Ringada (Aubergines)
  9. Fulavad (Cauliflower)
  10. Kubi (Cabbage)
  11. Chora (Black eye Peas)
  12. Doodhi (Gourd)
  13. Parvar
  14. Giloda
  15. Karela (Bitter Gourd)
  16. Turia
  17. Galka
  18. Bhinda (Ladies Fingers)
  19. Kaachi Keri nu Shaak (Raw Mango Curry)
  20. Farnsi
  21. Raveya
  22. Gawar
  23. Chora
  24. Rajma (Kidney Beans)
  25. Vaal
  26. Channa (Chick Peas)
  27. Mag (Moong Beans)
  28. Paapad (Papadoms)
  29. Arad na Papad
  30. Parvar
  31. Papaya (Paw Paw)
  32. Tomatoes
  33. Saragvo
  34. Capsicums
  35. Marcha (Chillies)
  36. Leelu Aadu (Fresh Ginger)
  37. Leelu Hardar (Fresh Tumeric)
  38. Sev Tamata nu Shaak
  39. Leela Vatana
  40. Leela Vaal
  41. Thaandarjaani Bhaaji
  42. Sevani Bhaaji

Savoury Dishes

  1. Sevo (Sev)
  2. Ghaantiya
  3. Paapdi
  4. Chorafari
  5. Matiya
  6. Papad
  7. Chora na Papad
  8. Matna Papad
  9. Chevdo
  10. Daar
  11. Mamra
  12. Lakadiya Ghantiya
  13. Bataka Vada
  14. Bhajia
  15. Chavanu
  16. Dhokla
  17. Khaman
  18. Dahi Vada
  19. Double Roti
  20. Phoolvadi
  21. Bread
  22. Gota
  23. Kachori
  24. Khandvi
  25. Cutlets
  26. Masala Dosa
  27. Mag Tarela
  28. Advi na Patra
  29. Pizza
  30. Poodla
  31. Petis
  32. Paani Puri
  33. Puva
  34. Pau Bhaji
  35. Samosa
  36. Paratha
  37. Rotli
  38. Rotla
  39. Spring Roll
  40. Bhaakri
  41. Shakarpaara
  42. Dosa
  43. Idli
  44. Shikhand
  45. Marcha na Bhajia
  46. Ringada na Bhajia
  47. Bataka na Bhajia
  48. Rathadu na Bhajia
  49. Kela na Bhajia
  50. Guvar na Bhajia
  51. Kela ni Wafer
  52. Bataka ni Wafer
  53. Kesar Gulab
  54. Kajli
  55. Pakvaan
  56. Bhakarvadi
  57. Makai na Gota
  58. Haandvo
  59. Sabudaana na Papad
  60. Sabudaana ni Sev
  61. Ghooghra
  62. Ratharu Wafer
  63. Moga Wafer
  64. Pauva no Chevdo
  65. Papad Chokhhana
  66. Khaari Kaajli
  67. Suka Karela
  68. Suka Kankoda
  69. Suka Bhinda
  70. Suka Marcha
  71. Makai ni Dhaani
  72. Juvaar ni Dhaani
  73. Batakano Chevdo
  74. Chakri
  75. Dhebra
  76. Kaju Masalavara
  77. Paapdi
  78. Bhavangari Ghantiya

Samo Aarti 10:15 pm

Samo Aarti Samo Aarti

Sants Dances 10:30 pm

Shubh ghadi avi - Jeevanpran Swamibapa's Sants

Jyare Malyo Aadesh, Tyare Avya Shu Swades and
Shubh Ghadi Avi - Jeevanpran Swamibapa's Sants

Comments of the Day

"In the past the people of cities such as Ahmedabad would have to travel as far as Mumbai, Delhi or Madras to seek medical treatment. With the blessings of Acharya Swamishree I am proud to say that today not only India but Ahmedabad itself is on the world map as a destination with top of the range medical facilities. "

Tejas Patel

"Last night the earth shook to greet the arrival of our beloved Ghanshyam Prabhu."

A Loving Devotee, India

"Va re Va Ghanshyam Prabhu. Thank You for letting us be present at this once in a life time experience. You came here to give happiness to your beloved sants and devotees and today, you have filled our hearts with divine bliss. "

A Loving Devotee, UK

"Today, the atmosphere was the same as it would have been 225 years ago. With the cool breeze, drums beating, the shower of flowers and the amazing twinkling aarti performed to Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj."

A Loving Devotee, UK

"The whole sabha looked and felt magical. What a great day!!!"

A Loving Devotee, Africa

"Today was sensational, I sat through it all. For the last two days I have been ill and in bed. Tonight, I completely forgot about all my pain."

A Young Loving Devotee, UK

"I helped with making some of the dishes for the ankot so I already knew that there was going to be 225. So I thought that I knew what was going to happen. But when the curtains were drawn back, the ankot took my breathe away, it was awesome.."

A Young Loving Devotee, UK

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