Day 9 - Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi Mahotsav - Nagaryatra
Samvat 2063 Bhadarva Vad 13, Tuesday 9th October 2007
Day 9 Main
A grand and majestic procession was arranged through the streets of Maninagar.
It consisted of seven decorated and beautifully painted elephants, decked with golden palanquins on which were seated murtis of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa, Shree Jeevanpran Bapashree, Sadgurus Shree Gopalbapa, Nirgunbapa, Ishwarbapa and Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Acharya Swamishree was seated on the seventh elephant. There were also a number of beautifully decorated chariots in the procession, which was one of the longest in the history of Maninagar. The local press reported that the local residents, both young and old, were saying this was a procession the likes of which they had never seen and were unlikely to ever see again. The procession was as though it would have been in the days when the Rajas of old India went through their kingdom on their elephants, with musicians, foot soldiers and envoys announcing the Raja’s arrival.
The procession was led by and interspersed with the massed pipe bands from Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan operated mandals all over the world, ie Swamibapa Pipe Band, New Jersey, USA, Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band, London, Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band, Bolton and H H Swamibapa Pipe Band, Nairobi.
Thousands of devotees and non-devotees from all over the world took part in this grand procession, which culminated in the compound of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Maninagar, with a massed band salute to Acharya Swamishree.