Saturday 19 August 2017 | Shravan Vad 12/13, Samvat 2073

Sat 19 Aug 2017

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree travelled to Godhara, Panchmahal, to the scene of the horrific tragedy that occurred on 27th February 2002 on the Sabarmati Express train.

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On 23rd March 2002, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree travelled to Godhara, Panchmahal, to the scene of the horrific tragedy that occurred on 27th February 2002 at 7.10 am, on the Sabarmati Express train. The Railway District Commander Shree J K Bhatt was especially pleased to be granted the divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree. The District Superintendent of The Western Railway and other government officials were also present. They explained in detail how the incident occurred in which 58 people were killed in the arson attack. They led Acharya Swamishree into the now bare shell of the S.6. train compartment, where most of the people died. The District Commander informed Acharya Swamishree that there had actually been a plan to burn the entire train by short circuiting the electrics on the tracks, but the train became late and the plan was not successful.

Seeing the condition of the carriage, where even the steelwork had melted in places due to the intense heat, Acharya Swamishree became deeply emotional. He prayed to the supreme Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa that peace is bestowed on the souls of all the people that died. Acharya Swamishree held communal dhoon and prayers. All the Sants, disciples and officials joined in to pray for peace and to instil the wisdom into all, so that such terrible occurrences are never again repeated. Acharya Swamishree said, that at times of calamity such as this, it is only the path of true faith and devotion that can uplift the failing spirits of people. During these times, we only have the mercy of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa to help us through the difficult days. We all must pray for peace.

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree also visited the Godhara Civil Hospital where the survivors of the tragedy had been taken for treatment. Acharya Swamishree gave much needed spiritual strength to all the pained victims. He also generously distributed food, fresh fruit and biscuits to the patients. The Hospital Superintendent Dr Chandana said that after the incident, no other spiritual leader had come to see to the welfare of these victims; Acharya Swamishree was the first. He also added that he has had many opportunities to witness for himself the immense humanitarian works of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan and he commended Acharya Swamishree for this.