The last day of the Diwali holiday season is celebrated on Kartik Sud 5, Labh Pancham. Traditionally, all the traders go for the Lord’s blessings on this day, before commencing their trading the next day.
Acharya Swamishree performed the Shangar aarti of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa in Maninagar Mandir, before performing poojan of the Lord at Shree Swaminarayan Tower. A procession was held from the Tower to Shree Muktajeevan Auditorium, where an extraordinary assembly was held. In celebration of Labh Pancham, 101 disciples took the opportunity of having scripture recitals performed on their behalf. In addition, countless disciples performed aarti to please the Lord and gain His divine blessings on this auspicious occasion.
The main guest on this occasion was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Honourable Shree Narendrabhai Modi. He was accompanied by the Mayor of Ahmedabad, Shree Asitbhai Vora.
On behalf of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Acharya Swamishree honoured the chief minister with a prasadi paag. In addition, he was presented with an original Times Magazine, published in January 1947, in which the cover story is Honourable Shree Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
In the presence of the Chief Minister and the Mayor, Acharya Swamishree performed the inauguration of the Sarvopari Sarvavatari Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan Serial. This 41 DVD box set has been published by Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, with the inspiration of Acharya Swamishree. The 142 episode Hindi serial contains the extraordinary deeds performed by the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan. Directed by Shree Moti Sagar, the Hindi serial has been broadcast all around the world for the past 2 years on satellite television. The episodes have now been released with English subtitles.
Acharya Swamishree and Shree Narendrabhai Modi also performed the inauguration of a special website for the serial, www.SarvopariSwaminarayanSerial.com, which has been produced by the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi webteam.
Shree Moti Sagar, of Ramanand Sagar Productions, director of this serial, was present also throughout the function. Acharya Swamishree blessed Shree Moti Sagar, and all the sants and disciples who worked on this production.
The charity, Gujarat Dardi Lok Kalyan Trust, has been distributing food to needy people in the Civil Hospitals of Ahmedabad. Without the help of this charity, hundreds of people would remain hungry at the time they need nutrition the most. On behalf of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Acharya Swamishree presented the Gujarat Dardi Lok Kalyan Trust, with a charity cheque of 1.51 lakh rupees.
In his speech, Shree Narendrabhai Modi expressed his delight for as he called it, ‘coming home’, to this Organisation. Both he and the Mayor, are former students of our own university, Shree Swaminarayan Arts College. He also talked about the greatly beneficial, moral teachings that will be spread throughout society through the religious serial, and applauded Acharya Swamishree for inspiring such a splendid publication.