During the period of Dhanurmas, sants and disciples recall the glorious Shakotsav festival performed by Lord Shree Swaminarayan in the village of Loya.
To demonstrate to everyone the importance of performing humble services, Lord Swaminarayan Himself cooked an aubergine curry (Shak). He used 18 Mahns (1 Mahn (unit of mass) is equivalent to 20 kg) of fresh ghee for just the Vaghar. Into this, He placed cut aubergines, enough to fill 18 large carts. Lord Swaminarayan put in the salt, spices, sugar, chillies etc. and made a delicious curry. He then served the food Himself to the sants and disciples. He had asked Nityanand Swami and the other sants to make sweet ladus, so Nityanand Swami served those. However, the Lord had instilled a divine, delicious taste into the aubergine curry, and consequently, everyone asked for more and more of it, and refused to take any of the ladus. In this manner, a grand Shakotsav festival was held in the village of Loya.
Enacting the divine deeds of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan, the sants and disciples of Bavla and Maninagar held a Shakotsav.
Sants made an aubergine curry, just like Lord Shree Swaminarayan had done in Loya. This was offered to the Lord, with millet rotla breads and sweet ladus.
Concert of special devotional songs, narrating the details of the entire event were held, after which the Prasad was distributed to all the disciples. The Shakotsav in Maninagar was broadcast live over the internet to enable disciples from all over the world to experience the divinity of the special event.