Celebrations continues on the 2nd day of the mahotsav
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3rd October 2003
Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band led His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree from the grand entrance gate of the Sabha Mandap. Acharya Swamishree, adorned in beautiful floral regalia, was accompanied by the disciples, on whose behalf the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth parayan had been held. These loving disciples took this special opportunity to shower Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Acharya Swamishree with thousands of gold and silver beads. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band saluted Acharya Swamishree at the front of the stage. The disciples then brought chaabs, filled with gifts, and placed them at the lotus feet of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa. They then performed poojan to Acharya Swamishree and the purani of the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth parayan, Sant Shiromani Shree Gnandivakar Swami and Shree Gurupriyadasji Swami.
Acharya Swamishree then blessed those devotees that had travelled from the UK and USA to be at this Mahotsav; each received a prasanta paag, saal and flower garland. Acharya Swamishree also blessed members of Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band in the same manner. Acharya Swamishree became pleased with the Band's contribution to the Mahotsav and invited them to the forthcoming Shashtipurti Mahotsav to be held at Maninagar in February.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree then showered His divine ashirwad on the sabha:
“Delhi Mandir is unique in the Swaminarayan Sampraday and indeed the entire Hindu religion. To this day, no-one else in history has installed their own murti in a sinhasan, except for the supreme Lord Swaminarayan and our beloved Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
“At the time when Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa came to Delhi to perform vastu pooja, the waters of the River Yamuna wished to have His Divine Darshan. The banks of the river burst, the water reached the Mandir compound and touched Swamibapa's divine lotus feet and then immediately retreated back to the river.
“The only reason why Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa inspires Mahotsavs such as these, is to give us new memories of His divine leela, so that we are continuously able to recollect His murti.”
The Shree Swaminarayan Mahamantra dhoon was then sung before the sabha concluded for prashad thaar.
The afternoon sabha commenced with the continuing recital of the Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika sah Vachnamrut. Acharya Swamishree then blessed those devotees that had travelled from around India to be at this Mahotsav; each received a prasanta paag, saal and flower garland.
Sant Shiromani Shree Divyavibhushan Swami, a resident sant of Delhi Mandir, then took a few moments to express his thoughts to the sabha:
“No one of our divine Guruparampara, or anyone else of the Swaminarayan Sampraday has been to Delhi before our beloved Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. The reason why the name of the Supreme Lord Swaminarayan is flourishing in this region is through the immense efforts of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and the continuing endeavours of Param Pujya Acharya Swamishree.”
A young member of the sabha, only four years of age, Shree Kaushik Thakkar, then sang a kirtan (Sarva karan na chho karan) to please the Supreme Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.
Sant Shiromani Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swami then conveyed a short speech:
“Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was the president of the Bharat Sadhu Samaj. His wish was to instil the name of Lord Swaminarayan into the entire Sadhu Samaj, so that in the future, the name of Lord Swaminarayan will be spread to every sadhu in India and their disciples. Thus in this way, countless people would be introduced to the Supremacy of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa.”
Sadguru Shree Akhileshwardasji Swami then spoke a few words to please Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa:
“Prior to our beloved Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, no-one had installed such murtis of themselves. When He did so in Delhi mandir, the devotees of Bhuj asked ‘When will we be so fortunate as to witness You installing such divine murtis in Kutch ?' Swamibapa replied ‘ Kutch is very dear to me, soon you too will have these murti installed. But this will not be done by Me. My successor will perform this deed. True to this promise, such divine murtis of the Supreme Lord Swaminarayan – Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa have been installed not only in Bhuj, but also as far as the UK , USA and Africa . This is the immense power of our Acharya Swamishree.”
The Sabha concluded for everyone to receive evening prashad thaar before tonight's devotional dance evening.
The second evening programme of the Rajat Pratishtha Mahotsav was a compilation of devotional dance performances by the immensely talented Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and disciples from around the world. The evening was organised through the tireless efforts of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa's Sants, with the sole aim of please Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa. Special thanks were given to Sant Shiromani Shree Munishwardasji Swami and Shree Sarvatmapriyadasji Swami who had spent night and day in preparing the evening's performances. The Master of Ceremonies for tonight's proceedings was Sant Shiromani Shree Vignanprakashdasji Swami.
The itinerary for the dance performances was:
'Tero ajab roop' performed by Sant Shiromani Shree Nikileshwardasji Swami and Shree Paramswaroopdasji Swami
'Jaha daal daal par soneki chidia karti hai baseraa' by Sant Shiromani Shree Sarvatmapriyadasji Swami, Shree Sachidananddasji Swami, Shree Uttamsharandasji Swami, Shree Anadipurushdasji Swami, Shree Viganeshwardasji Swami, Shree Satyananddasji Swami, students of the Shree Swaminarayan Chhatralaya and devotees of Bavala .
'Shreeji daataar saban muktan ko' performed by devotees of Varodra
'Hari hayaa na haar chho jire tame' performed by students of Shree Swaminarayan Chhatralaya
'Mam manasi vasatu Ghanshyam' performed by Sant Shiromani Shree Uttamsharandasji Swami, Shree Anadipurushdasji Swami, Shree Vignaneshwardasji Swami and Shree Paramswaroopdasji Swami
'Jayho Swami naath' performed by devotees of Varodra
'Baras baras barase nayan maa' performed by a devotee from London
'Shreeji tere bina, Shree darshan ke chen na aaye' performed by Sant Shiromani Shree Sanatanswaroopdasji Swami, Nikhileshwardasji Swami, Shree Sachidananddasji Swami, Shree Anadipurushdasji Swami, Shree Vignaneshwardasji Swami and Shree Paramswaroopdasji Swami.
'Chaalo chaalo darshan kare, Shreeji ke darshan kare' performed by young devotees of Bavla
'Swaminarayan Swaminarayan kahore man meraa' performed by Sant Shiromani Shree Sarvatmapriyadasji Swami, Shree Uttamsharandasji Swami, Shree Anandipurushdasji Swami, Shree Vignaneshwardasji Swami and Shree Satyananddasji Swami
'Shreejibapa muskuraate hai' performed by students of Shree Swaminarayan Chhatralaya
'Mrudang nrutya' performed by Sant Shiromani Shree Munibhushandasji Swami, Shree Vignanprakashdasji Swami, Shree Dharmavatsaldasji Swami and Shree Satyaprakashdasji Swami
'Gop Gunthan' performed by Sant Shiromani Shree Sachidananddasji Swami, Shree Sarvatmapriyadasji Swami, Shree Uttamsharandasji Swami, Shree Vignaneshwardasji Swami and students of the Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Chhatralaya
The devotees of Varodra who partook in the evening's nrutya had travelled to Delhi especially to perform tonight. They were in the middle of taking various examinations and had to return the same night in order to sit examinations in the following days.
The highlight of this evening's performances was the impressive Gop Gunthan Raas, the rope dance. During this raas, the eight performing members each held a rope that were all attached to a dome hanging from the stage ceiling. As the dance progressed, the ropes became entangled in a intricate plat. But this was not the end of the spectacle. The second half of the raas involved untangling the complex knot pattern. As the raas concluded, the steps of the performers were such that the eight ropes became perfectly untangled. This truly was an amazing performance borne out of the immense practice, dedication and devotion of the performers.
Acharya Swamishree became so pleased at the evening's performances, He ran onto the stage to dance with is beloved Sants and devotees. Each participant, whether a performer, teacher or stage controller, was personally blessed by Acharya Swamishree after the event.