A three day festival was held, from Sunday 6th to Tuesday 8th March 2011, to celebrate the 67th anniversary of when Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa installed Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at the headquarters of the divine Karan Satsang, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar.
During the morning assembly of the first day, the chief guest was Honourable Shri B N Datta, the Income Tax General Director. Acharya Swamishree inaugurated a new CD of devotional songs, 'Hari Gun Gata' and two scripture publications, "Shree Harileelamrut" written by Acharya Shree Viharilalji Maharaj, and three parts of "Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Baal Leela", second editions.
During the evening, a splendid devotional dance, drama and music was performed by the young disciples of Maninagar, the music group of Mukeshbhai Panchan, and dance choreographer and performer, Shri Swarabh Rajguru. Comical interludes were given by Shri Prakashbhai Gajjar. To end the evening, a group of African dancers gave a traditional Goma tribal performance, which delighted the audience.
The second day, Monday 7th March, was Shree Sadguru Din. This was the day that Jeevanpran Swamibapa entrusted Acharya Swamishree to be His heir and sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. This important historical even took place exactly 32 years ago, in 1979. In recognition of Acharya Swamishree 32 years as spiritual leader of the Faith, all the sants and disciples performed adoration to Him.
The final day of the festival, Falgun Sud 3, Tuesday 8th March, marked the 67th anniversary of the supreme Lord’s arrival in Maninagar Mandir. Acharya Swamishree performed the patotsav ceremony of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj, Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Jeevanpran Swamibapa. The Lord was ceremonially bathed in the five nectars. The temple was brimming with sants and disciples who were all eager to catch a glimpse of the Lord’s darshan. Special provisions had also been made in the grounds of the temple so that the same darshan could be seen on large screens.
During today’s assembly, the chief guest was eminent television serial director, Shree Moti Sagar, who is currently working on our Organisation’s dramatisation of the supremacy of the Lord, Sarvavatari Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan.
After the assembly had concluded, Acharya Swamishree performed aarti to the Lord who had been offered a vast array of foods, in the form of an annakut, in recognition of this special occasion.