Sunday 11 October 2015 marked the 24th anniversary of when His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj inaugurated Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir, the magnificent monument of unsurpassed love unto Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Just as the love of Shah Jehan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum is immortalised through the Taj Mahal, the divine spiritual love and absolute dedication of Acharya Swamishree towards Jeevanpran Swamibapa has been encapsulated in the form of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir.
On this day, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj announced that next year, when exactly 25 years will have elapsed since the opening of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir, a grand festival will be celebrated to mark the silver jubilee. In the 12 months preceding the festival, Sants and disciples will perform recitals of the following 6 sacred scriptures as part of the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir Rajat Mahotsav - Gnan Yagna. One parayan comprises recital of the following 6 scriptures: Shree Jeevanpran Swamibapa ni Vato - Part 1, Shree Jeevanpran Swamibapa ni Vato - Part 2, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Leelamrut Sukhsagar - Pratham Pravah, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Leelamrut Sukhsagar - Madhyam Pravah, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Leelamrut Sukhsagar - Uttam Pravah, and Shree Harignanamrut Kavya.
At 8.00am, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj reached Smruti Mandir and performed the auspicious patotsav ceremony to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. The entire grand altar (sinhasan) had been decorated with fresh flowers. Thaal was offered to the Lord, after which disciples were given the opportunity of performing aarti. Returning to the vast grounds of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar, a vast assembly of disciples and specially invited guests was held.
During the afternoon session, the young disciples of the Bal Sanskar Yuva Mandal performed the Mahapooja ceremony to please the Lord. There were also several speeches from young disciples about their experiences of the extraordinary, divine Faith that we have been fortunate to be disciples of. They spoke about the divine love and spiritual guidance, strength and wisdom that Acharya Swamishree Maharaj has given us.
A special assembly of eminent poets was then held, during which our Faiths dedicated poets, Sadguru Shashtri Shree Sarveshwardasji Swami and Trustee Shree Vasantkumar Patel, were honoured and blessed by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. Commendations and scholarship cheques to outstanding students of the Organisation's various colleges and hostels were also given.
During the evening, a special concert of devotional songs was performed by the Bal Sanskar Yuva Mandal.