Day 3 - Sukhpar Sanskar Kendra Mahotsav
Thursday 8th May 2014
The final day of the Sanskar Kendra Sukhpar Mahotsav started with disciples from all over the world gathered inside the centre in the early morning. Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree concluded the Yagna ceremony and then performed the long-awaited murti installation ceremony.
During Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa’s ashirwad, Acharya Swamishree, sants, and disciples prayed to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa to manifest in Sukhpar Sanskar Kendra from Akshardham. The Lord accepted their prayers, and from that moment on, Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa bestows His divine darshan in Sukhpar. Upon completion of the ceremony, a grand annakut was offered to the Lord.
Acharya Swamishree and sants offered the first aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, and disciples took turns afterwards to perform aarti to the newly installed murti.
Following this ceremonies in the Sanskar Kendra, a procession was held from the centre to the sabha mandap at the GMDC High School Sukhpar, where the festival assemblies were held. Acharya Swamishree presided on a golden chariot, pulled by loving disciples. As the chariot arrived into the assembly marquee, disciples on behalf of whom the scripture recitals were being held performed welcoming ceremony to Acharya Swamishree. They led Acharya Swamishree to the stage from where He gave His divine blessings, stating:
Yesterday afternoon, we witnessed a spectacular procession through the village during which the Lord of all Lords, supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa bestowed divine blessings to thousands of people. And today, the final day of the festival, the Lord has presided in a regal shrine, to shower blessings to everyone who comes to Him.
Sants and disciples have strived to please the Lord in numerous ways. In particular, the land on which the new centre is situated was donated by a loving disciple of Sukhpar, to Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. Seeing their enthusiasm to gain the Lord’s blessings has pleased Him immensely, because He likes to see such innocent, selfless, faithful devotion in His disciples. Lord Shree Swaminarayan is the Son of Dharma – the religious decree, and Bhakti – devotion. If sincere devotion and the religious decree exist in a person, the Lord will manifest within him. People of the world consider life to be for eating, drinking, and having fun. In comparison, the person who has understood the true value of the human birth knows that this life has been given to worship God and by pleasing Him, to become freed from the endless cycle of birth and death. Perform true, sincere devotion and serve Him with your mind, deeds, words and wealth.
Through the establishment of this Sanskar Kendra, may the true glory and supremacy of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi be spread to more and more people.
Following the ashirwad, the disciples on whose behalf the scripture recitals were held, were blessed with Prasad paag and shawls from Acharya Swamishree. Disciples from Sukhpar then came together and adorned Acharya Swamishree in intricate floral vagha and presented Him with an ornate memento on behalf of all the congregation and disciples of the Sansthan. Acharya Swamishree stood up on His gadi and bestowed His divine darshan upon the entire congregation.
Everyone was then served maha-prasad, and this concluded the three-day Mahotsav at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan Sanskar Kendra – Sukhpar.
The establishment of this new Sanskar Kendra in Kutch has been long awaited. Through the Divine Blessings of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa, Acharya Swamishree has made this a reality for the disciples of the Sansthan and particularly those residing in Sukhpar during this joyous mahotsav.
Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa will bestow His divine darshan to all those who visit His abode in Sukhpar. The Sanskar Kendra will henceforth provide a centre at which disciples can gather for scriptural debate, religious discussions, education, and social events to celebrate the glory of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.