Shikshapatri Jayanti & Dharampur Images
The auspicious day that the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan chose for the inauguration of His sacred book of holy commandments, the Shikshapatri, was Vasant Panchmi, the official start of the Vasant – spring season.
This year, Shikshapatri Jayanti fell on Tuesday 8th February. This is also the Patotsav day of the Lord who presides in Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Dharampur. Acharya Swamishree and sants went to Dharampur during the afternoon of Monday 7th February, where He was ceremonially welcomed by the villagers. Acharya Swamishree performed the Patotsav ceremony of the Lord, and then a recital of the Shikshapatri was performed by all the sants and disciples. Poojan to the Shikshapatri was also performed.
The next day, on Wednesday 9th February, Acharya Swamishree visited the nearby village of Joshipura, to perform the Patotsav ceremony there.