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Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj - Suvarna Mahotsav, Bhuj

Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj - Suvarna Mahotsav, Bhuj - Day 1
Sunday 29th April 2012, Samvat 2068 Vaishak Sud 8

Morning Video Images  
Afternoon Video Images  
Evening - Bhakti Nrutya Video Images  
Inauguration of Scriptures and Kirtan CDs      


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The moment that everyone had been anxiously waiting for finally arrived! The first day of the Golden Jubilee festival of Bhuj Mandir had arrived.

At 7.00 am, the disciples who were the benefactors of the main scripture recitals of the festival performed the mahapooja ceremony. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj then performed the initiation of the scripture recitals.

At 8.00 am Sants, disciples and the three bands of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan gathered near Bhuj Town Hall. The three pipe bands, Shree Muktajeevan Pipe band London, His Holiness Swamibapa Pipe Band Nairobi and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band Bolton marched in harmony to lead Acharya Swamishree to the assembly marquee in Jubilee Ground. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presided on a regal, golden chariot, which was pulled by Sants.

The welcoming procession was led to the main, grand entrance to the assembly marquee, which had been decorated in a truly spectacular manner.
After the welcoming ceremony, His Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestowed his divine blessings to all and explained:

The inauguration of several new publications, including the Vachanamrut Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth Illustrated Edition, Shree Bhaktirasamrut, Kutchma Karan Satsang, Jeevan Pushpa and new CDs, including Bolo Ghanshyamji Bolo re, Shreeji Mere Rakhval and Shreeji Swayam Murti Bapashree was performed by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

On behalf of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, various charitable donations were given by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. Cow sanctuaries in numerous villages of Kutch, and other charities, were donated a total of 15 lakh rupees.

Morning Video


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The afternoon sabha started with the scripture recital by Sadguru Shastri Shree Sarveshwardasji Swami followed by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s divine ashirwad:

Disciples from Kutch and Gujarat who were the benefactors of Shree Abjibapa ni Vato samuh parayans performed poojan to Acharya swamishree and received prasadi momentos. On this auspicious occasion, the directors and management of Kutch University came for Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s darshan and divine blessings. On behalf of the Organisation, each guest was given appropriate commendation. In addition, the entire teaching staff and management of our own, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Mahila Arts and Commerce College, Bhuj, came to witness the splendor of the golden jubilee festival.

Afternoon Video


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During the festival, the evening performances were to be held in the vast grounds of the RD Varsani Kutchi Samaj.

At precisely 8.30 pm, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj arrived, and the entire audience gave an applause as He took His seat in front of the stage.

The first performance was from the young students of Shree Muktajeevan Arts and Culture Academy London, who performed a splendidly choreographed and coordinated ‘stomp’ in which they used household items as percussion instruments. Incorporating dance, music and humour, the performers enthralled the audience.

Devotional dance performances were given by very young disciples from Kutch. This was followed by a classical dance performance by disciples from Bolton, UK. Directed and choreographed by Saurabh Rajyaguru, young students of Maninagar performed several dances which incorporated humour and devotion. The talented Sants also gave devotional dance performances.

Evening Video

Inauguration of Sciptures and Kirtan CDs

Bolo Ghanshyamji Bolo Re
As a facet of ‘Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Suvarna Mahotsav Bhuj’, this CD and DVD of devotional songs was published on the fourth day of the festival. Inspired by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the music and lyrics of this collection have been made to come alive with accompanying visuals. This is the first publication of this kind published by Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. The music and choreography of this compilation was directed by Shree Kirti Varsani and Shree Sanjay Omkar.

Shreeji Mere Rakhval
The Lord is my Protector – ‘Shreeji Mere Rakhval’, was released on the second day of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Suvarna Mahotsav, which celebrated the golden jubilee of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bhuj. This compilation contains devotional songs written by eminent Nand Padvi Sants, Sadguru Shree Sarveshwardasji Swami and Shree Vasantbhai Patel. The music of this CD is directed by Bollywood music industry’s Shree Amar Haldipur.

Shreeji-svayam-murti Bapashree
The supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan manifested upon the Earth again in the form of Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree. Manifesting in Kutch, Jeevanpran Bapashree was instrumental in reforming countless people of the region and leading them onto the path of eternal salvation. This CD was released during the golden jubilee of the establishment of Bhuj Mandir, the headquarters of the Faith in Kutch. The divine episodes of Jeevanpran Bapashree are described through this collation of devotional songs and accompanying narrations.

Kutchma Karan Satsang
The Swaminarayan Faith has flourished in the Kutch region for over 200 years. Accepting the requests of disciples living in Kutch, Lord Shree Swaminarayan Himself toured in the region on 11 separate occasions, from 1804 to 1823 AD. Due to the Lord's unsurpassed divine love, countless people living in Kutch were attracted to Him and became devout disciples. The spread of the Swaminarayan Faith has continued in Kutch through the Lord’s spiritual descendents. This scripture, ‘Kutchma Karan Satsang’, is a historical précis of how the Faith was established there, and was preserved and propagated by Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s continuing work for spiritual and social welfare in Kutch is also summarised in the publication.

Sankhyayogi Bashree Monghiba
Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa has protected the true, sublime Faith of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and has made it flourish in a remarkable way. Many Sants and disciples gave their physical, mental, and financial support for Swamibapa’s work. Many women were also highly supportive of Swamibapa’s fearless stance to preserve the sanctity of Lord Shree Swaminarayan’s eternal philosophy. Amongst these, the foremost preacher in the female congregation was honourable Sankhya-yogi Shree Monghiba.

By the blessings of Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and the mercy of Jeevanpran Swamibapa, she had developed prominence amongst everyone in the Faith. She had a true understanding about Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree’s true identity, and knew that the very same Bapashree was present through Jeevanpran Swamibapa.   

The life story of Sankhya-yogi Shree Monghiba, and a collation of her teachings, is contained in this small book.

Shree Haristavan Kavya
With the blessings of Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the collation of devotional prayers composed by Sadguru Shree Sarveshwardasji Swami, named Shree Hari Stavan, has been in publication for many years. As new prayers were written, part 2 was published by Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.

Shree Haristavan Kavya is an updated, combined edition of these prayers, in which the glory of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, has been sung in a truly splendid manner.

Swaminarayan Charitra Chitra Darshan
The delightfully divine episodes of Lord Shree Swaminarayan are portrayed through beautiful drawings in this publication. Captions about each story are provided to give the background. There is an English phrase, ‘a picture says a thousand words’. In this manner, the travels of Lord Shree Swaminarayan around the length and breadth of India, His deeds for the reformation of society, the establishment of His Faith etc. are retold through illustrations. 

Jeevan Pushpa
A flower is such a truly splendid creation of God, which has fragrance, softness, beauty and colour. Imagine a flower that has all these other than just one virtue, fragrance. If it did have an attractive scent, people would smell it again and again and seek pleasure from it. Even God could be adorned with garlands and robes made of such beautiful flowers.

The same is true for our Jeevan Pushpa – the flower that exists in the form of our life. The human body may have charisma, charm and beauty, but if it does not have good virtues, it will not be liked by others. More importantly, it will not be liked by God. The value of such a flower, i.e. a life without decency, morality, ethics and spirituality, is infinitesimal. Children who do not develop and blossom with these virtues will, rather than being an asset to their family, society and nation, be a burden. They cannot flourish into upstanding, honourable, trustworthy individuals without imbibing good qualities into their life.

Such teachings of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj are collated in this Jeevan Pushpa publication, which is written in Gujarati and English editions. Implicitly adhering to their divine words of advice will not only yield true happiness in this world, but also thereafter.


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