Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Pilgrimage to Mandvi  


The supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan has mercifully praised His beloved Satpurushs in the Vachanamrut in order to elucidate their immense greatness; because it is through these Satpurushs that one attains the direct realisation with God, and it is through them that one can understand the supremacy of the almighty Lord Swaminarayan

In Vachanamrut Jetalpur Chapter 4, Lord Shree Swaminarayan says, “All the rivers, lakes etc. into which you dip your feet become holy places of pilgrimage. Each and every tree, under which you sit and eat the fruit from, attains the utmost of good fortune, i.e. it is bestowed salvation.”

Such a holy place of pilgrimage is the port of Mandvi in Kutch. Lord Shree Swaminarayan visited Mandvi on many occasions. Jeevanpran Swamibapa swam in the waters here and has given unforgettable memories for the disciples of Kutch.

On 16 May 2006, Acharya Swamishree accepted the requests of the loving disciples of Kutch and visited Mandvi. The sants and disciples had built a floating stage upon which Acharya Swamishree presided. During this time of year, it is traditional for the Murtis in the Temples to be adorned with garments made of sandalwood paste. In the same manner, the sants adorned Acharya Swamishree with a garland and pagh made of sandalwood paste. They also took the opportunity of presenting a cake to Acharya Swamishree to celebrate His 64th birthday.

Acharya Swamishree performed the panchamrut snan ceremony to Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and then showered the sacred nectar over all the disciples. The disciples also performed panchamrut snan to Acharya Swamishree. After bathing in the ocean, an assembly was held on the beach during which Acharya Swamishree showered His divine blessings.

In Vachanamrut Gadhada First Section Chapter 3, Lord Swaminarayan says, “Even someone who can incessantly visualise God’s Murti should remember the various deeds performed by the Lord and His Satprushs because, if the Murti of God is forgotten during one’s last moments, the memories of God’s divine deeds performed at various different places, or the memories of the disciples or the brahmacharis and sadhus, will remind that person of God’s Murti and then, that soul will attain salvation.” Lord Shree Swaminarayan continues, “Even a sinful soul can attain God’s divine abode, if he remembers these during his last moments.” For that reason, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree is performing various divine deeds so that the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi have memories to cherish and remember during their final moments; and in this manner, Acharya Swamishree is enabling disciples to attain supreme salvation.

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