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Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Mount Abu - Patotsav  


Having celebrated the festival of flowers, Fuldolotsav, in Bharasar – Kutch, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj travelled the long distance to Mount Abu on Saturday 7 March 2015. During His 5 day stay in this famous hill station, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj visited many schools of the region and gave charitable donations to all the children. This was part of the ongoing Manav Seva Abhiyan – Campaign for true service to humanity, which has been inspired by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj gives much importance to providing provisions for education, especially in the poor, rural regions where it is needed the most. 

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj visited Mount Abu’s Lake Nakki, where disciples requested Him to preside on a boat and give darshan. Legend says that this lake was dug by the deities using their nails – Nakh – and so it is considered to be sacred. It is India’s highest artificial lake, at a height of 1200 metres above sea level.

On Wednesday 11 March 2015, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the patotsav ceremony of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa who presides at Mount Abu Mandir. During His divine blessings, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj stated the history of Mount Abu. Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa stayed here on numerous occasions, especially during the latter years when he was showing signs of illness. Due to the colder climate of this high latitude region, it was more favourable for recovery. Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa too came to Mount Abu for short periods of time. And it was then that He willed for a Mandir of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan to be built on the highest location possible at Mount Abu. That wish was fulfilled by Swamibapa’s beloved heir, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj in 1991. Next year, 2016, will mark the 25th year since Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the Murti Pratishtha in Mount Abu.

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