Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Vasant Panchmi - Shikshapatri Jayanti  


The start of the Indian spring season, Vasant Panchmi, fell on Tuesday 23 January 2007. This day is celebrated by all disciples of the Swaminarayan Sampraday as it is the day that our merciful supreme Lord Swaminarayan gave us His scripture of commandments, the Shikshapatri. Lord Swaminarayan presented this scripture in Vadtal 181 years ago for the benefit of all souls and for that reason, it is described as the Sarvajeevhitavaha. These rules are just as relevant today as they were nearly 2 centuries ago. The ceremonial urn was carried from Swamibapa Hall into the Temple and presented before the Lord. Immediately thereafter, Acharya Swamishree and the sants started to recite the Shikshapatri verses. The melodious sound of the Shikshapatri verses being sung started to fill the air and a feeling of
unexplainable spirituality pervaded everywhere. To performing poojan to the ceremonial urn, sanctified coloured powder was sprinkled on the heads of the sants and disciples. Acharya Swamishree then distributed popcorn prasad to the disciples.

A spectacular dance program was performed by the young girls of the congregation, to mark the final months before the magnificent Shatabdi (Centenary) celebrations of our beloved Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa are to be held.

This was the final assembly before Acharya Swamishree departed from Nairobi. He returned to Mumbai during the early morning of 25 January 2007 and reached Maninagar that same evening.

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