February 2015 sees the culmination of a number of special anniversaries at the headquarters of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.
Falgun sud 2, Friday 20 February 2015 was observed as Shree Sadguru Din. This special day also marked the 36th anniversary of the investiture of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj as sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Falgun sud 3, Saturday 21 February 2015, was the 71st anniversary of when Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa ceremonially installed the divine Murti of Lord Shree Swaminarayan – Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar. This year also marks the 60th anniversary since the installation by Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa of the divine Murtis of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj, and the 35th anniversary since Acharya Swamishree Maharaj installed the magnificent marble Murtis of Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree and Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
To celebrate these milestones, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj inspired a three day festival, which included an evening of Kirtan Bhakti performed by Sants and disciples on the first evening, and a wonderful procession on the second day. This procession was the first time that three of the Sanstha’s pipe bands (Shree Swamibapa Swamishree Music Band Maninagar, HH Swamibapa Pipe Band Nairobi and Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band London), had the opportunity to perform together and please Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree through their united devotion.
During the morning of Falun Sud 3, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the panchamrut snan of the Lord, during which He was ceremonially bathed in the five nectars. A magnificent Annakut was also offered to the Lord on this final day of the festival.
A number of publications were launched during the festival, including a USB drive that included every Kirtan and Ashirwads of Jeevanpran Swamibapa released by the Sansthan to date. Scriptures released included, Sanskar Dipika Part 3 (English), Chintan Na Chamkara (English), and an updated edition of Sanskar Dipika Part 2 (Gujarati).
Throughout the Mahotsav, the devotion and humble, dedicated lifelong services performed by two female ascetics of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan was recognised and applauded. Sankhya Yogi Bashree Lalitaba has earned a place in the Lord’s divine abode, Akshardham. We pray that the Lord grants her more and more divine bliss. Sankha Yogi Bashree Radhaba has served the Satsang throughout her life, and prays for the same elite status as Lalitaba when the Lord wills.