Chaitra Sud 9, referred to as Shree Hari Jayanti, is one of the most significant days of the year for a disciple of Lord Shree Swaminarayan. This is the day that Lord Shree Swaminarayan appeared on the Earth in a human form, at the home of Shree Dharmadev and Bhaktimata, in a small village in Northern India called Chhapaiya. Saturday 28 March 2015 marked exactly 234 years since that auspicious event took place.
In celebration, the Sants and disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi around the world gathered in the temples and celebrated the arrival of the supreme Lord.
In Maninagardham, in the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, a 24 hour dhoon – continuous chanting of the sacred Swaminarayan Mahamantra, was held in the Brahm Mahol.
During the evening, just before the time of the Lord’s manifestation, Sants and disciples gathered in the main Mandir and sang the glory of the supreme Lord.
At precisely 10.10 pm, the exact time that Lord Shree Swaminarayan manifested, the divine Murti of the Lord was seated in an ornate, ceremonial cradle, and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the pragatya aarti. The joyous singing of devotional songs continued late into the night.
The next morning, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj concluded the 24 hour dhoon, and showered divine blessings to all the gathered Sants and disciples. In His blessings, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj explained the great prowess and glory of the supreme Swaminarayan Mahamantra.