Saturday 24 November 2012, Kartik sud Ekadashi, was celebrated as the auspicious Shree Abji Bapashree Jayanti. It was on this day that the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan Himself manifested as Shree Abji Bapashree exactly 168 years ago. This day, Prabodhini Ekadashi, is also the day that Shree Dharmadev was born, Shree Nilkanthvarni attained initiation as a Sant, Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj was given the responsibility of the entire religion by Shree Ramanand Swami and hence sat upon His divine throne Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was initiated as a Sant.
In Maninagar, in the presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree, and Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa were seated on an ornamental swing and poojan was performed. Sants sang songs in which the glory of the Lord was narrated.
Acharya Swamishree then commenced the 24-hour long continuous recital of the sacred ‘Swaminarayan’ name. This concluded on the morning of Sunday 25 November 2012.