On Monday 28 October, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj initiated 3 parshads into the Sant fraternity. As per tradition, the ceremony was performed before Lord Swaminarayan – Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj presiding at Maninagar Mandir.
The 3 parshads have been in training for becoming Sants for over a year. Having received the required training, and accepting the way of life that a Sant must live, the senior Sants recommended that they are worthy to receive initiation.
At the start of the ceremony, their former family members perform poojan to the Parshads for the last time, after which they are required to bathe. The Mahapooja ceremony is then performed in the Mandir with Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. The Parshads remove their white robes and adorn saffron coloured clothing. Acharya Swamishree then whispers the ‘Guru Mantra’ in their ear, and gives them their new name. After performing aarti to the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the newly initiated Sants, and the senior Sants perform pradakshina around the Mandir to demonstrate their utmost of respect and reverence to their new home, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar.