On 15th August 2017, Janmashtami was celebrated at Maninagar and mandirs in India and around the world.
Janmashtami is significant in the Swaminarayan Faith as it marks the manifestation day of Sadguru Shree Ramamand Swami – the Lord’s own Guru. Shree Ramanand Swami was sent by the Lord to create the platform of the Satsang and to announce the forthcoming arrival of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan. The day’s importance is amplified for the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi as it was also the day in Samvat 1976 (1920 CE) when Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree established the Satsang Mahasabha to protect the Faith and its assets.
On the day of Janmashtami, Lord Shree Swaminarayan is seated on a decorated cradle (paranyoo) and gently swung to the accompaniment of jubilant singing of kirtans. Aarti and thal is offered. The traditional thal is panchajiri, which is a sweet powder made of five items such as coriander seeds, cumin, coconut, ghee and ghor. This is then distributed to all as prasad.
On 15th August 2017, Janmashtami was celebrated at Maninagar and mandirs in India and around the world. This date also coincided with Indian Independence Day – marking 70 years since the nation gained independence – this occasion was also be marked throughout the celebrations.