The second day of the Mahotsavs commenced with a parade to lead Acharya Swamishree Maharaj from Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Vrushpur to the Sabha Mandap.
The second day of the Mahotsavs commenced with a parade to lead Acharya Swamishree Maharaj from Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Vrushpur to the Sabha Mandap. Today, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band London had the honour of leading the parade through the streets of Vrushpur, which were lined with hundreds of disciples eager to have the darshan of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj as His golden chariot made its way to the Sabha Mandap.
Each day of the Mahotsav was certainly getting warmer, as the cloud lifted early to reveal a sunny morning. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band saluted Acharya Swamishree Maharaj as He presided on His chariot, which was then drawn by His beloved Sants. Soon after Acharya Swamishree Maharaj arrived into the Sabha Mandap, the Band performed a final salutation to Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree, as He presided on His throne to commence the morning’s Sabha.
The scripture recitals that had commenced yesterday would be concluded during each day of the Mahotsav, and today saw the conclusion of the recital of the scripture, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth. His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj showered His divine Ashirwad to the thousands that had congregated in the Sabha Mandap.
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa celebrated the centenary of Shree Abji Bapashree at the Chhatri site, in this village of Vrushpur. Today, in the divine presence of Gurudev Swamibapa, we are celebrating the 175th year of Bapashree’s arrival onto the Earth in that same village.
Besides this village is a small lake, called Krishna Talavadi (Lake Krishna). Devuba (Bapashree’s mother) used to bathe there every day. She was extremely devout and worshipped Lord Shree Swaminarayan with true faith and dedication. Lord Shree Swaminarayan gave darshan to Devuba and promised to manifest at her home. Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree installed the divine footprints of the Lord at that exact location. That is how the Chhatri site was created.
In Samvat 1971, a grand festival was held at that Chhatri site to celebrate the installation of the sacred footprints under a decorated umbrella shaped canopy (Chhatri). Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa was in charge of this festival. Over 400 Sants and 30 thousand disciples from all over Gujarat and beyond gathered in Vrushpur to be present during this historical event.
This Vrushpur village is where Sadguru Shree Abji Bapashree spent 15 years asking questions to Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, collating His replies, and writing the Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika (Commentary) to the Vachanamrut.
Eminent scholars and linguists have praised the Vachanamrut with this superlative commentary – the one who gave the answers in this commentary has definitely come from the divine abode; a mortal would not be able to give such answers. And furthermore, the entity to thought of those questions too definitely came from the divine abode, as a mere mortal would not be able to think of such questions.
Beside the Chhatri with the Lord’s footprints also stands another Chhatri. That marks the place where Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree’s cremation ceremony took place. Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa installed the divine footprints of Jeevanpran Bapashree at that location.
The historical fact is that when Bapashree’s opponents endeavored to destroy the Chhatri site, and everything associated with Him, Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa commanded Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa to go to Vrushpur. Fearlessly, Gurudev Swamibapa reached the Chhatri site. Courageous Swamibapa did not fear the opponents and their threats. He protected the Chhatri site and transformed it from deserted location to a site of pilgrimage.
Just as Swamibapa was fearless in protecting the name and philosophy of Bapashree, we too must continue in His footsteps and uphold the name and supremacy of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree.
All the disciples who had sponsored recitals of the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi scripture then went for Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s darshan, before performing a mass aarti to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. The second morning of the festivals finished with everyone taking prasad lunch.
As part of the Bal Sanskar Shibir that is being held throughout the Mahotsav, the afternoon saw a Mind Power Seminar delivered by the renowned Dr. Jeetendra Adhia, which was attended by the younger disciples attending the Mahotsavs. Dr Adhia, who is the author of a number of best-selling personal development books and has been a Clinician, Hospital Manager, Health Program Manager, and Medical College Professor, has conducted seminars and workshops across India and all over the world. He currently runs the Mind Training Institute in Ahmedabad.
The evening program was a religious drama called Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree. Through dance, music and drama, Sants and young disciples of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Kala Academy portrayed how the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan promised to manifest again in Kutch, how He then promised Devuba to manifest at her home, and how the Chhatri site came to be formed. Various episodes of when Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa protected the site from all existence were shown.
At the end of the drama, disciples from London delivered a phenomenal and jubilant stage performance, the rhythm of which made the entire audience jump up in joy, rejoicing the praises of Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.