Friday 24 September 2021 | Bhadarva Vad 3, Samvat 2077

Fri 24 Sep 2021

In Maninagardham, the Janmashtami celebrations were commenced just before midnight on Monday 30 August 2021, when Shree Harikrishna Maharaj was seated in a silver ornate swing and offered thaal.

Janmashtami Celebrations in Maninagardham

Janmashtami Celebration

The festival of Janmashtami is significant in the Swaminarayan Faith, to mark the manifestation day of Sadguru Shree Ramamand Swami – the Lord’s own Guru. The day’s importance is amplified for the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi as it was also the day in Samvat 1976 (1920 CE) when Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree established the Satsang Mahasabha to protect the Faith and its assets.

In Maninagardham, the Janmashtami celebrations were commenced just before midnight on Monday 30 August 2021, when Shree Harikrishna Maharaj was seated in a silver ornate swing and offered thaal.

The ‘Manifestation Aarti’ was performed by Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, whilst the Sants and disciples sang to the accompaniment of musical instruments.

The traditional prasad of ‘Panchajiri’, the sweet powder made of five items: coriander seeds, cumin, coconut, ghee and ghor, was then offered to the Lord.

Chathi Celebrations in Maninagardham

Chatthi Utsav

The sixth day after the manifestation, the Chathi, was celebrated on Saturday 04 September 2021. For the past 6 days, the Lord gave darshan presiding on the golden cradle (paranyu), and this was the final day for this darshan. Sants sang devotional songs and then Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed aarti, before lifitng the Lord from the cradle.