The start of the Indian spring season, Vasant Panchmi, fell on Thursday 14 February 2013. This day is celebrated by all disciples of the Swaminarayan Sampraday as it is the day that our merciful supreme Lord Swaminarayan gave us His scripture of commandments, the Shikshapatri. Lord Swaminarayan presented this scripture in Vadtal, 187 years ago for the benefit of all souls and for that reason, it is described as the Sarvajeevhitavaha. These rules are just as relevant today as they were nearly 2 centuries ago.
Just after the Shanghar aarti, sants and disciples carried the ceremonial urn into the main Temple and presented it before the Lord. Immediately thereafter, Acharya Swamishree and Sants started to recite the Shikshapatri verses. The melodious sound of the Shikshapatri verses being sung started to fill the air and a feeling of unexplainable spirituality pervaded everywhere. To performing poojan to the ceremonial urn, sanctified coloured powder was sprinkled on the heads of the sants and disciples. Acharya Swamishree then distributed popcorn prasad to the disciples.