A three-day Mahotsav is being held at the headquarters of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Maninagar, Ahmdavad. The festival incorporated the 12th Smurti Mandir Patotsav, the 96th anniversary of the manifestation of our beloved Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, and a special Parayan, held in honour and in remembrance of Sadguru Shree Bhaktavatsaldasji Swami. The occasion attracted thousands of devotees from India, Africa, UK, USA, the Middle East and Australia.
In an unprecedented show of honour and tribute to Sadguru Shree Bhaktavatsaldasji Swami and for the first time in the history of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, the Sanstha itself held a three day scripture recital of the Rahasyarth Pradeepika Tika sah Vachnamrut. Fulfilling the wishes of many of the devotees around the world who had also conveyed their wish to honour Sadguru Shree Bhaktavatsal Swami, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree also held Samooh Parayans of Shree Abjibapashree ni Vato.
Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj had adorned magnificent white garments, meticulously embroidered in gold and encrusted with diamonds on this auspicious occasion. After performing Shangar aarti, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree proceeded to Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Auditorium to commence the parayan. Acharya Swamishree then showered His Divine Ashirvad on all. He spoke at length about the great qualities of His beloved Sadguru:
"Sadguru Shree Bhaktavatsal Swami had many qualities which Lord Swaminarayan had bestowed upon him, but every Sant here remembers one such special quality; his infinite patients and calmness. Never once can anyone recall him every raising his voice or becoming angry.
"Today, hundreds of you have held Parayans in honour of Sadguru Shree Bhaktavatsal Swami. But our prayers should not be to ask the Lord to bestow the bliss of His murti upon Bhaktavatsal Swami. Sadguru Shree Bhaktavatsal Swami has always been and will forever remain in the Lord's Murti. Today, we should pray to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and ask Him to bestow upon us the great qualities possessed by our beloved Sadguru." Acharya Swamishree concluded His ashirvad with this prayer, after which prasad was served to everyone present.
The evening's events commenced at 8pm , during which the honoured guests, two of Gujarat 's famous singers Shree Bhikubdanbhai Ghadhvi and Shree Rakeshbhai Ghadhvi performed kirtan bhakti. The two guests where honoured by Acharya Swamishree by presenting them with a prasad paag and flower garlands.
Between the kirtan performances, the commentator, Shree Yogeshbhai spoke of his immense pleasure at being invited this evening. He said, "Every time I recite one of Sadguru Shree Bhramanand Swami's kirtans, I try to imagine the great joy he must have drawn from performing to the Supreme Lord Swaminarayan. Today, I no longer have to imagine as I am experiencing this joy for myself by singing in the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj."
"If an eminent geologist says that one must dig at a particular spot in order to find water, if you are sensible, you would take his advice and dig at that exact spot. If instead you disregard his advice and dig even a few feet away, it would be of no use, and no water would be found. In the same way, we all know that the supreme Lord gives darshan here, at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, through our beloved Acharya Swamishree. If we wish to find the divine murti and supreme bliss of the Lord, come here. Elsewhere, you will not find divinity, and instead, you will remain thirsty. You will have to remain in the endless cycle of birth and death. We must all have a chaste and unfaltering devotion to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa. We must remain firm in this conviction. Then, we will attain the divine bliss of the Lord's divine murti."