Saturday 28 May 2022 | Vaishakh Vad 13, Samvat 2078

Sat 28 May 2022

The month when we are blessed with the Lord's Chandan darshan commences Vaishakh Sud 3. This year, this day fell on Tuesday 3rd May 2022.

"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 Sud 15 - Monday 16th May 2022 - Poonam

Chandan Vagha 16 May 2022 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
  Chandan Darshan - Maninagar 16-5-2022 


Vaishakh Sud 11 - Thursday 12th May 2022 - Mohini Bhagvath Ekadashi

Chandan Vagha 12 May 2022 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
  Chandan Darshan - Maninagar 12-5-2022 


Vaishakh Sud 3 - Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Chandan Vagha 03 May 2022 - Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar
  Chandan Darshan - Maninagar 03-5-2022 


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 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 auspiscious day of Akha Trij, Vaishakh Sud 3. This year, this day fell on Tuesday 3rd May 2022.