On Saturday 2 March, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj initiated a parshad into the Sant fraternity. As per tradition, the ceremony was performed before Lord Shree Swaminarayan – Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj presiding at Maninagar Mandir.

On Saturday 2 March, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj initiated a parshad into the Sant fraternity. As per tradition, the ceremony was performed before Lord Shree Swaminarayan – Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj presiding at Maninagar Mandir.

The parshad had been in training to become a Sant for over a year. Having received the required training, and accepting the way of life that a Sant must live, the senior Sants recommended that he was worthy to receive initiation.

At the start of the ceremony, his former family members performed poojan to the Parshad for the last time, after which he was required to take a ritual bath. The Mahapooja ceremony was then performed in the Mandir with Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. The Parshad's white robes were removed and he adorned saffron coloured clothing. Acharya Swamishree then whispered the ‘Guru Mantra’ in his ear, and give the new name - Sant Shiromani Shree Premsagardasji Swami - Guru Shree Muktajeevandasji Swamibapa. After performing aarti to the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the newly initiated Sant, and the senior Sants performed pradakshina around the Mandir to demonstrate his utmost of respect and reverence to his new home, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar.