Falgun Sud 2 and 3 are very special days in the calendar of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.
Falgun sud 2, Thursday 10 March 2016 was observed as Shree Sadguru Din. This special day also marked the 37th anniversary of the investiture of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj as sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Falgun sud 3, Friday 11 March 2016, was the 72nd 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 61st anniversary since the installation by Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa of the divine Murtis of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj, and the 36th anniversary since Acharya Swamishree Maharaj installed the magnificent marble Murtis of Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree and Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
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.
In His divine blessings, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj explained – the glory of this Maninagar Headquarters is immense. At the time of the foundation stone ceremony of this Mandir, Sadguru Shree Ishwar Bapa performed vartman to a mango tree. This special mango tree, under which Lord Swaminarayan used to sit, is the precise location from where Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj gives darshan today.
Several scriptures narrating the biography of Lord Shree Swaminarayan reference the occasions when Lord Shree Swaminarayan visited the special mango shrove, as stated by Shree Ishwar Bapa.
Scripture Sadguru Shree Mahanubhavanand Swami – 84 Adyay says, “Lord Shree Swaminarayan was travelling from Aslali to Ahmedabad. Leaving Gamdi village, He made a small detour and went to the mango shorve in Maninagar. Even though Ahmedabad was not far, He still rested there.” The date of that visit was Samvat 1865, Maha Sud 1, Monday 16 January 1809.
Sadguru Shree Mahanubhavanand Swami states in the Harikrishna Leelamrut – 53 Adyay, and Sadguru Shree Aadharanand Swami says in Shree Haricharitramrut Sagar, Part 12 Chapter 73, that Lord Shree Swaminarayan was travelling from Jetalpur to Khokhra Mahemdavad when He came across the mango shrove in Maninagar. It was the hot Vaishakh month, and delicious ripe mangos were hanging from the trees. The Sants and disciples bathed in the water of the lake. The date of that visit was Samvat 1865, Vaisakh Sud 3, Monday 17 April 1809. Thereafter, Lord Shree Swaminarayan did not visit Ahmedabad for another 9 years.
Sadguru Shree Aadharanand Swami retells in Part 19 Chapter 45, that Lord Shree Swaminarayan was presiding in Jetalpur, when He received a message from the British Official, Sir Heron who wanted to meet Him. Lord Swaminarayan went to Vatva, and then to Ahmedabad. During that journey too, the Lord visited the mango shrove in Maninagar. The date of that visit was Samvat 1874, Vaisakh Sud 1, Wednesday 6 May 1818. On the return journey to Jetalpur, He once again visited Maninagar. The date of that fourth visit was Samvat 1874, Vaisakh Vad 8, Thursday 28 May 1818 (Shree Haricharitramrut Sagar, Part 19 Chapter 51).
The Lord’s fifth visit to the mango shrove in Maninagar was Samvat 1875 Kartik sud 11, Monday 9 November 1818.
In this manner, Lord Shree Swaminarayan visited the mango shrove of Maninagar, presided beneath the mango tree, bathed in the water of its lake, and made this site the source of eternal salvation.
This is the site that would become the worldwide headquarters for the propagation and preservation of Lord Shree Swaminarayan’s supreme philosophy. This is the sacred site that Supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan and His divine lineage of spiritual heirs have regarded as being their eternal home, and where He will preside forever more. This is the site of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Maninagar.