Wednesday 20 September 2017 | Bhadarva Vad 30, Samvat 2073

Wed 20 Sep 2017

The spring season festival, Holi and Fuldolotsav, was celebrated on Friday 21 March 2008. This day, Falgun Sud 15, is also the when in Samvat 2018, Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave initiation into the sant fraternity (diksha) to Acharya Swamishree.

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The spring season festival, Holi and Fuldolotsav, was celebrated on Friday 21 March 2008.

Holi is referred to as the Festival of Colours; the colour being representative of the beautiful spring blossoms that would be emerging on the trees at this time of year.

The Fuldolotsav festival is referred to as the Festival of Flowers; because the fragrant flowers would be blooming from then onwards.

This day, Falgun Sud 15, is also the when in Samvat 2018, Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave initiation into the sant fraternity (diksha) to Acharya Swamishree.

The main celebrations were held at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar, in the presence of Acharya Swamishree. During the afternoon, everyone gathered in the temple for the divine darshan of the Lord on this special day. After singing devotional songs, traditionally sung at this time of year, Acharya Swamishree sprayed Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj with coloured water and auspicious gulal powder. He also lovingly sprayed colour on Shree Harikrishna Maharaj, Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj, Jeevanpran Bapashree and Jeevanpran Swamibapa.

In the temple grounds, Acharya Swamishree bathed Shree Harikrishna Maharaj with the five nectars and then colour. This sacrosanct colour was then sprayed over the sants and disciples. This is symbolic of how we should replace our own worldly inclinations with the divinity of the Lord's colour.