The final full moon of the Hindu calendar, Aso sud poonam, is referred to as Sharad Poonam. It is said that the full moon on this night is extra bright and clear. It is usually the first moon after the monsoon rains and marks the start of the Sharad (between monsoon and winter) season.
This Sharad Poonam festival was celebrated on Friday 22 October 2010, in the vast grounds of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar, in the presence of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree.
Amongst a magnificent display of silver ornaments, Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree gave darshan to all the sants and disciples who danced to the music of devotional songs.
At the end of the traditional, Indian, communal dance, prasad of doodh pawa, was distributed to everyone.