Extract from the divine scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. This month's article is an extract on Jeevanpran Swamibapa's Salvation-Granting Pilgrimage.

In Samvat 2029 Fagan Sud 3, the annual installation anniversary of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Maninagar was celebrated. Shreemad-acharya-pravar Jeevanpran Swamibapa then led a group of disciples on a salvation-granting pilgrimage (Moksh-dayi-yatra) of Northern India from Samvat 2029 Fagan Sud 5 to Fagan Vad 13 (Friday 9th March to Sunday 1st April 1973). The pilgrimage entourage left Maninagar by coach. There were twenty coaches for the devotees and two coaches for the sants.

After leaving Maninagar, the group first went to the village of Todla, the manifestation site of Shreeji-sankalp Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swami. From there, they went to Shamlaji, Udaipur, Nathdwara, Kakroli, Ajmer, Pushkarrai, Jaipur, Agra and eventually reached Mathura. In Mathura, the temple Chief Priest, Chobeji, held a grand procession through the city of Mathura to honour Shreemad-acharya-pravar Jeevanpran Swamibapa. The entire city began to recite the Swaminarayan name and sing the glory of the Adya Acharya-pravar of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Jeevanpran Swamibapa. At various places during the procession, the citizens of Mathura honoured Jeevanpran Swamibapa. The procession finally reached Vishram-ghat, the banks of the sacred river Jamuna, where an assembly was held. Shreemad-acharya-pravar Jeevanpran Swamibapa showered his divine blessings over all.

Sants and devotees perform the panchamrut-snan ceremony to Jeevanpran Swamibapa in the River Ganges at Haridwar

The pilgrimage proceeded to Vrundavan, Gokul and Govardhan-giri. The next day, they left Mathura and proceeded to Delhi. During this journey, due to the intense fog, the Number Three coach overturned. However, Shreemad-acharya-pravar Jeevanpran Swamibapa was their protector, so no one was hurt. One by one, each passenger emerged from the coach, totally unharmed. A one and a half year old boy was sleeping when the accident occurred. Luggage had fallen all around him and had entrapped him. However, when the luggage was moved, the boy was found to be still sleeping peacefully, unaffected by the accident. Nobody was harmed. The immensely powerful Shreemad-acharya-pravar Jeevanpran Swamibapa was with them. Why should anyone have any worries or fears?

Extract from the scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, translated by Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj. Chapter 31 – Jeevanpran Swamibapa