The spring season festival, Holi and Fuldolotsav, was celebrated on Sunday 20 March 2011. Holi is referred to as the Festival of Colours; the colour being representative of the beautiful spring blossoms that would be emerging on the trees at this time of year. The Fuldolotsav festival is referred to as the Festival of Flowers; because the fragrant flowers would be blooming from then onwards.
At Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar, the sants and disciples gathered for the divine darshan of the Lord on this special day. After singing devotional songs, traditionally sung at this time of year, eminent sants sprayed Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj with coloured water and auspicious gulal powder. This was then sprayed over the sants and disciples. This is symbolic of how we should replace our own worldly inclinations with the divinity of the Lord's colour.
Acharya Swamishree has been visiting the small hamlets of Panchmahal District for the past few days. The disciples there are extremely poor but their hearts are pure and devout. Acknowledging their sincere dedication to the Lord, Acharya Swamishree went to their simple huts and blessed the disciples.
The disciples of Radiyata village in Panchmahal were granted the opportunity of celebrating the Fuldolotsav festival in the presence of Acharya Swamishree. In celebration of Acharya Swamishree’s arrival, the disciples held a procession from the village outskirts. Over ten thousand people from all over the region gathered in the assembly held at the end of the procession, in order to hear Acharya Swamishree’s divine blessings. At one point, everyone in the assembly stood up and rejoiced as they sang about the unsurpassed glory of our beloved Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.
Acharya Swamishree performed panchamrut snan, the ceremonial bathing ceremony to Shree Harikrishna Maharaj. Sants and disciples then showered the Lord and Acharya Swamishree with coloured water and powder paint. This consecrated water was then sprayed over all the disciples.