Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Divet Yagna  


In Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar, the aarti ceremony is performed five times each day using lighted cotton wicks immersed in pure ghee (divet). Thirty-five such wicks are required each day to perform the aarti ceremony. Periodically, all the sants from the Mandirs close to Ahmedabad gather in Maninagar and help make these special wicks. All the sants, including the very senior sants take part in the process of making the wicks, the Divet Yagna, because this constitutes performing devotion to God.

Lord Shree Swaminarayan states in the Vachanamrut (GMS 27 Q.3 T. 4) that He has created grand Temples to preserve His own upasana and eternal philosophy; sants and disciples should perform devotion towards God in those Temples. He describes tasks such as tending to the Temple gardens, offering flowers and fruits to God, and even performing deeds such as the construction of Temples, as being devotion. Accordingly, everyone keenly takes part in offering their services. When Acharya Swamishree is in Maninagar, even He sits with the sants and makes the aarti wicks.

On Sunday 27 January 2008, over 50 sants and young disciples started the process of making the aarti wicks straight after mangla aarti, at 5.45 am. They worked continuously until midday, rolling the cotton onto thin metal rods. The wicks were then tied in bundles and immersed in liquefied ghee and then left to dry. The entire process takes nearly a week to complete.

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