On Saturday 5 February 2022, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj celebrated Shikshapatri Jayanti.
The auspicious day that the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan chose for the inauguration of His sacred book of holy commandments, the Shikshapatri, was Vasant Panchmi, the official start of the Vasant – spring season. Lord Shree Swaminarayan distilled the teachings of 365 sacred Hindu scriptures and composed the Shikshapatri scripture, containing 212 verses.
Lord Shree Swaminarayan says that if one wishes to remain contented in this life and thereafter, the commands of the Shikshapatri must be obeyed. Therefore, to bestow bliss to us all, for the benefit of all within this world, Lord Shree Swaminarayan presented the Shikshapatri on this day, exactly 196 years ago.
On Saturday 5 February 2022, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj celebrated Shikshapatri Jayanti, with a communal recital of the magnificent scripture, and then performed poojan to it. In celebration of official start of the Spring season (Vasant-rutu), the Vasant pojan ceremony was performed and a mango tree, symbolic of this season of change and prosperity, was ceremonially brought into the Mandir and presented before the Lord.
Today was also the Patotsav day of the Lord presiding in Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Dharampur. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed the Patotsav ceremony of the Lord, and then blessed the gathered congregation.