In celebration of Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree’s 167th manifestation day, joyous celebrations were held in Maninagar, in the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree. During the morning of Sunday 6 November 2011, sants and disciples sang devotional songs in praise of Bapashree and narrated the extraordinary deeds performed by the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan by manifesting upon the Earth as Jeevanpran Bapashree.
Acharya Swamishree and senior sants performed poojan and aarti to the Lord, before commencing the 24 hour continuous dhoon. At the conclusion of this sacred chanting, held on Monday 7th November, Acharya Swamishree bestowed divine blessings, in which the glory of our beloved Bapashree, and the purpose of His manifestation, was described.
Kartik Sud Ekadashi, is also the day when, in Samvat 1796, Lord Swaminarayan's father, Dharmadev was born; in Samvat 1857, in Piplana, Sadguru Shree Ramanand Swami initiated Lord Swaminarayan as a Sant, and named Him Shree Sahajanand Swami; in Samvat 1858, Sadguru Shree Ramanand Swami handed over the entire helm of the religion to Lord Swaminarayan; and in Samvat 1986, Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa initiated Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, as a Sant.
In addition, the sacred chaturmas, which is the four month period when additional vows are observed, comes to an end.