Final day celebrations of Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav Surat
Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav - Day 4
Sunday 15 February 2009, Samvat 2065 Maha Vad 6
Just before sunrise, Acharya Swamishree performed the Mangla Aarti of the Lord for the first time after the divine Murtis had been installed ceremoniously in the new Surat Temple. As soon as the Mangla Aarti had concluded, the glittering lights on the domes of the Temple were switched on and the sound of devotional songs reverberated throughout the entire site.
This was the final day of the four day festival and everyone had very special memories of this wondrous occasion to take back home, and cherish.
As the Sun rose, more and more disciples started to gather around the Temple. At 8.00 am, Acharya Swamishree and sants went for the Lord’s darshan. The conclusion to the scripture recital of Shree Rahasyarth Pradipika Tika Sah Vachanamrut was to be performed, so the main donors of the new Temple Murtis carried offerings, which were to be presented at the lotus feet of the Lord into the assembly marquee.
The mass bands of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band, comprising of Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band London and H H Swamibapa Pipe Band Nairobi, led Acharya Swamishree and the disciples down the main steps of the Temple into the assembly. As Acharya Swamishree reached the stage, the bands saluted Him and were given an opportunity of taking a group photograph.
Disciples performed adoration to the holy scripture and Acharya Swamishree, and then performed aarti to conclude the scripture recitals.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s recorded blessings were heard, in which He described the magnificence and supremacy of the supreme Lord Swaminarayan and Bapashree. He also explained, using scriptural references, that there is no difference between the divine Murti of Lord Shree Swaminarayan that presides magnificently in Akshardham upon Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and the divine Murtis that are installed in our Temple.
Acharya Swamishree then blessed the assembly with His divine ashirwad.
After the ashirwad had concluded, the senior Sadguru sants garlanded Acharya Swamishree on behalf of all the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan for inspiring the magnificent festival. The sants and disciples then presented Acharya Swamishree with a plaque of commendation on behalf of all the children of the Faith. As Acharya Swamishree was presented with the plaque, sants and disciples on the stage showered Him with rose petals. The entire assembly marquee filled with elation and divine ecstasy, and the fragrance of roses pervaded everywhere.
Acharya Swamishree honoured three sants for their dedication and commitment in building the new Temple. These were Sant Shiromani Shree Bhagwatswaroopdasji Swami, Sant Shiromani Sadguru Shree Munibhushandasji Swami, and Sant Shiromani Shree Divyacharandasji Swami. Other sants garlanded for their unsurpassed work during the festival preparations were Sant Shiromani Shree Dharmavatsaldasji Swami, Sant Shiromani Shree Harikeshavdasji Swami, and Sant Shiromani Shree Nikhileshwardasji Swami.
As the festival drew to a close, the disciples received prasad and then, with cherished memories of the unprecedented Surat Festival, departed to return to their homes.