A magnificent procession, unlike any other that had previously been held in the city, took place in Botad.
The city of Botad is situated in the Bhavnagar region of Gujarat and is renowned for its diamond polishing industry.
In the history of the Swaminarayan faith, there are two famous episodes that took place in Botad. Both of these are retold by Jeevanpran Swamibapa in the holy scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Jeevanpran Swamibapa tells the story of Shree Vyapkanand Swami making a dead horse come to life again. This is to explain that just like Lord Shree Swaminarayan, His sants possess amazing, miraculous and divine prowess. That episode took place in Botad. A devout disciple of Lord Shree Swaminarayan lived in Botad. His name was Bhaga Doshi. A Jain ascetic, Nemivijayji, constantly harassed Bhaga Doshi. The story of how Sadguru Shree Gopalanand Swamibapa visited Botad, transformed Nemivijayji and in this manner, relieved Bhaga Doshi from his troubles, is retold by Jeevanpran Swamibapa in the scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
Some of the students who have attended the boarding school in Maninagar in the past, and who are enrolled there at present, come from Botad. They all prayed to Acharya Swamishree to hold a special event in celebration of Shree Muktajeevan Shatabdi (Centenary) in Botad. Accepting their requests, Acharya Swamishree visited Botad on Thursday 7 June 2007.
A magnificent procession, unlike any other that had previously been held in the city, took place in Botad. A concert of devotional and patriotic dance and music was held during the evening.