Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Chandan Rain at Smruti Mandir  


In the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth, our beloved Jeevanpran Swamibapa narrates the story of when Bapashree led a group of 600 pilgrims to Jetalpur in the year Samvat 1942. At the time, the last of the "nand" status sants, Sadguru Shree Dhruvanand Swami was still alive. The supreme Lord Swaminarayan gave His divine darshan to Shree Dhruvanand Swami and took him to Akshardham. At that very moment, a shower of chandan (sandalwood) fell upon the ground. The group of pilgrims was all witness to this miraculous event. Many of them gathered the chandan and formed it into tablets to keep as reminders of the miracle.

The same sorts of miraculous events still occur at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, because it is here that the supreme Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa is ever-present, and it is through our beloved Acharya Swamishree that the Lord gives darshan today.

In the afternoon of Monday 24th January 2000 between 3 and 4 o’clock, a group of our sants went to the Smruti Mandir for darshan. They were then witness to a miraculous event. A shower of chandan (Chandan Vrushti) fell upon the Smruti Mandir and on its vast grounds. The air was filled with a sweet fragrance. Droplets of yellow chandan were spotted everywhere within the Smruti Mandir compound only. There were none outside the Mandir compound. Hearing of this event, crowds of other people soon gathered and they all started gathering the chandan.

And this occurred not once but twice. The following morning on Tuesday 25th between the hours of 9 and 10, a similar shower of chandan fell once again upon the Smruti Mandir. This time the shower only extended out to the pradikshna around the Smruti Mandir and was more concentrated on the eastern side of the magnificent Mandir.

This has been reported in the independent press. Photographs taken immediatley after the chandan vrusti are shown below. The yellowish chandan drops can clearly be seen on leaves and walls.

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