The month when we are blessed with the Lord's Chandan darshan commences on the auspicious day of Akha Trij, also known as Akshay Tritiya; Vaishakh Sud 3. This year, this day fell on Friday 14 May 2021

"The Murti in Akshardham, the Murti that came onto this Earth as a human form, and the pratima Murti (God in the form of paintings, statues, idols etc) are one and the same. Between them, there is not one iota of difference."
Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree.


Vaishakh Vad 30 - Amavasya - Shree Sadguru Din - Thursday 10th June 2021

Chandan Vagha 06 Jun 2021 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kadi
  Chandan Darshan - Maninagar 10-6-2021 

Chandan Vagha 10 Jun 2021 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
 


Vaishakh Vad 11 - Apraa Ekadashi - Sunday 6th June 2021

Chandan Vagha 06 Jun 2021 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
  Chandan Darshan - Maninagar 6 June 2021 

Chandan Vagha 06 Jun 2021 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kadi
  Chandan Darshan - Kadi 6 June 2021


Vaishakh Sud 15 - Poonam - Wednesday 26th May 2021

Chandan Vagha 26 May 2021 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
Chandan Darshan - Maninagar 26 May 2021

Chandan Darshan - Kadi 26 May 2021


Vaishakh Sud 11/12 - Mohini Bhagvath Ekadashi - Sunday 23rd May 2021

Chandan Vagha 23 May 2021 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
Chandan Darshan - Maninagar 23 May 2021


Vaishakh Sud 3 - Friday 14th May 2021

Chandan Vagha 14 May 2021 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
Chandan Darshan - Maninagar

Thus, the Sants and disciples express and demonstrate their love and devotion unto the Lord through their varied worship of this pratima form of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan. Lord Shree Swaminarayan says that the worship of God should be appropriate to and vary according to the times of the day and the seasons. For example, in cold weather, the Lord is adorned with warm clothes and heavy gold and silver ornaments. Hot, warming food and drink are offered to the Lord. In the hot seasons, God is offered more refreshing food and dressed in much lighter clothing. Flowery and fragrant garlands are offered.

At this time of year, the temperatures in Gujarat can reach over 40°C. Therefore, the highly talented Sants in Maninagar Mandir demonstrate their devotion unto Lord Shree Swaminarayan by adorning Him with clothing made of sandalwood paste. This highly fragrant sandalwood has a very cooling and soothing effect. The Sants artistically mould beautiful regal clothes and ornaments out of the paste. This sandalwood is subsequently removed and formed into lozenges, which is then used throughout the year for the impression of the tilaks by the Sants and disciples.

The start of the Chandan darshan commences on the auspicious day of Akha Trij, also known as Akshay Tritiya; Vaishakh Sud 3. This year, this day fell on Friday 14 May 2021. The word Akshay means ‘never diminishing’. Therefore, it is said that the spiritual worship and vows observed on this day never diminish and remain with the person forever.

Usually, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presides in the Kutch region during this Vaishakh month to perform the patotsav ceremonies of all the Mandirs situated there. However due to the current situation, Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj is instead presiding in Maninagardham. Therefore, on this auspiscious day, we are blessed with His darshan in Maninagardham, together with the Lord giving divine darshan adorned in sandalwood paste.