Conclusion of Vachnamrut prarayan and HDH Acharya Swamishree's final arshirwad for the mahotsav.
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4th October 2003
Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band led His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree from the ornately decorated entrance gate of the Sabha Mandap. Acharya Swamishree, garlanded in a beautiful cream and purple chaadar, was accompanied by the disciples, on whose behalf the Shree Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika saha Vachnamrut parayan had been held. These loving disciples took this unique opportunity to adorn Acharya Swamishree in a long, flowing purple cape, in which they placed some of gifts from the chaab. The devotees also took this divine opportunity and showered Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Acharya Swamishree in thousands of ornately handcrafted gold flowers. 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 and Acharya Swamishree. They then performed poojan to Acharya Swamishree and the purani of the parayan, Sant Shiromani Shastri Shree Jitendriyapriya Swami and Sant Shiromani Shree Prashantswaroopdasji Swami.
On this, the third day of the Mahotsav, eminent devotees including Shree Jadavjibhai Varasani and Shree Laljibhai Sanghani expressed their thoughts and sentiments to please Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree then showered His divine Ashirwad on the entire sabha:
“Throughout this Mahotsav, people from all over the world have been asking to be kept a part of this divine Mahotsav. Sants in Maninagar who were unable to attend have conveyed the same love-filled prayers. Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa has fulfilled all the prayers of all His children, and kept everyone within His Murti during this Mahotsav.
“Our beloved Gurudev, Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa has not come onto this Earth to take anything from us, His only intention is to give, to give us the shelter and glory of Lord SwaminaraynBapa Swamibapa's Murti.
“The Mahotsav that we are able to have the darshan of today is a result of the immense efforts of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa's Sants. The stage decoration, lighting, videography, photography, sound engineering, catering, accommodation, evening programmes and even the magnificent chariot that you will see this afternoon, are all products of these divine Sants' devotion. Swamibapa's Sants have only one aim, to please the Supreme Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa more each day. Their efforts are beyond description.
“Seeing the loving devotion of His Sants and devotees, Lord SwminarayanBapa Swamibapa is immensely pleased with everyone. His only instruction is that each of His children continues with this devotion until his final breath.”
The nagayatra started at 3pm on a very hot afternoon. After the initial aartis by devotees, Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band saluted Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and HDH Acharya Swamishree who were seated on a magnificient chariot built by the highly talented sants.
Thousands of devotees had gathered to be part of this procession. Many thousands of Delhi residents were given the opportunity to have the divine darshan of the supreme Lord Swaminarayan and Acharya Swamishree.
Delhi's prestigious New Indra Band led the procession. The disciples walked in lines of four. The Sants sang kirtans throughout the procession. A smaller float, shaped like a boat, seated some senior sants. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band was next in the procession. Their melodies announced the arrival of Acharya Swamishree's chariot. Thousands of ladies walked in lines of four, behind the chariot, and sang kirtans throughout the 3 hour procession.
The procession arrived at Shree Swaminarayan Temple just after 6.00 pm. The parayan yajmans performed the traditional welcoming ceremony to Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Acharya Swamishree.
Acharya Swamishree entered the Temple, seated upon the shoulders of loving devotees. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band saluted the Lord one final time before Acharya Swamishree performed sandhya aarti.