7th January 2002 Day 3 - Sarvopari Shree Swaminarayan Mahamantra Dvisatabdi Mahotsav


Shangar Darshan

Harikrishna MaharajJeevanpran BapashreeLord SwaminarayanJeevanpran SwamibapaSahajanand Swami


5:00am Mangla Aarti

Inside the temple students of the chatralay and devotees gathered to awaken the Lord and have the divine darsan of the first divine aarti of the day... Mangla Aarti.

The devotees firstly chanted "Swaminarayan Gadi, Swaminarayan", followed by "Swaminarayan Gadi, Jaya Ghanashyam" to awaked the Lord. As 5:30am drew near, the chanting grew louder and the rhythm increased.

At 5:30am the doors of the singhasan doors opened, and Ghanshyam Maharaj was beaming with tej .... His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed Mangla aarti,

The Lord was adorned with a cerise pink warm hat, cerise pink warm top, white shawl, cerise pink surval, and cerise pink mojadi. Behind Him were sparkling lights and in front had been placed a silver table with a silver kasyo with water, and a daathan in His right hand. Similarly, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj and Shree Sahajanand Swami were also adorned. Jeevanpran Bapashree was adorned with a yellow shawl, and a pale yellow scarf around his paag. Jeevanpran Swamibapa was adorned with a yellow shawl.

6:45am Hari Jap Yagna

Acharya Swamishree went to the havan to start the day's yagna ceremony.

7:15am Shangar Aarti

The temple was full to the brim again and getting fuller on this third day of the mahotsav. The worshippers waited impatiently for the doors of the singhasan doors. The Lord's divine darshan was magnificent, He was adorned with a new style of vagha...

Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj was adorned with a pink mugat embroided in different coloured tread, golden kundal, bright green and pink vaghas. In His right hand the Lord held a pink handkerchief. In the Lord's left hand was a golden punjo.

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed Shangar Aarti. Immediately after the prarthna, Acharya Swamishree and the sants went to the Shree Swaminarayan Tower.

7:45 am - Swagat Yatra

All sants and devotees waited patiently at Shree Swaminarayan Tower for HDH Acharya Swamishree, in anticipation of His darsan.

Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band saluted HDH Acharya Swamishree whilst He was being garlanded by devotees.

A devotee hailed the Jay of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Hari Krishna Maharaj, Sahajanand Swami, Bapashree, Sadgurus, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi na Adya Acharya Pravar Dharmadurandar 1008 Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.

The procession started at Shree Swaminarayan Tower. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band led the procession. They were followed by the sants and male devotees, the chariot and finally the ladies.

At the entrance of the Sabha Mandap, HDH Acharya Swamishree was lead towards the magnificent singhasan by the band, followed by the disciples on whose behalf the parayan was being recited. The Divine Akshardham ni Sabha, had gathered at the Lotus Feet of Lord Swaminarayan.

8:10am - Vachnamrut Parayan Recital

8:15am - Rajbhog Aarti

9:15am - Divine Morning Ashirwad

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad;

"On the third day of the mahotsav, let us remember all the devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan from all around the world who have not been able to attend this function....."

"In this sansthan, bhakti can be seen every where...
Last nights performances could not have been so unique and professional without bhakti...
Lord Swaminarayan has gifted His sants and devotees with various types of skills, and works through them in the work that they do, and allows the His beloved children to take the glory...
Nothing can be done without BHAKTI..."

All the different sects of the Swaminarayan religion are celebrating the Sarvopari Shree Swaminarayan Mahamantra Dvishatabdi Mahotsav, but it is only here that the most bhakti is displayed...
Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa is pleased to see your bhakti...
He is saying...

"Khaama khaama khaama tamo ne khaama, Vah re Vah,
you have truly understood the supremacy of Lord Swaminarayan..."

"To experience happiness, you must learn to love Lord Swaminarayan ...
You are His, and He is yours...
We are tied together by love...
You must learn to do as He say's
and then He will make you His...
When you become His, you will be able to offer your bhakti easily..."

To become the Lords beloved devotee, you must have the following seven characteristics:-

Siddhant - Good principles
Shrum - Hard working
Charitrya - Good character
Naitikta - Morality
Manavta - Humanity
Tyaag - Give up
Sabhanta - Awareness

"The bhakti that you do, do without any conditions and without expecting any credit, ...
If you serve the Lord in this manner, the Lord will help you to understand the divineness of this murti,
and then give you His murti..."

"prathana: O Lord, be pleased with me,
you have accepted me as yours,
but help me to love you as you should be loved,
and understand your supremacy as it should be understood...."

10:30am - Arrival of Guests

Shree Muktajeevan Pipe band welcomed the chief guests of today with the Indian National Anthem. The guests garlanded HDH Acharya Swamishree and then He garlanded them. The chief guests of the day were:

M.P. - Shree Brahmakumar Bhatt
Former Minister of Gujarat, President of Guj. Cricket Assoc., GEB Former Chairman, MIA Sabarmati Vidhansabha - Shree Narhari Amin
Former Chancellor of Gujarat - Shree P.C. Vaidh
Surdar Vallabhbhai Award - Shree Chunibhai Vaidh
Director General of Police - Shree R. M. Bhattacharya
Former Chief Minister of Gujarat, M.L.A. of Kapadvanj - Shree Shankarsingh Vaghela
Shree Vishnukumar Vyas (Son of Ravishankar Maharaj)

Thakorji Thaar (Lunch)

Saata, Jalebi, Ghanthia, Puri, Bateta nu shaak, Dal and Rice.

3:30pm Vachanamrut Parayan Recital

4:40pm - Divine Afternoon Ashirwad

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad;

"Jeevanpran Swamibapa said, 'Our Lord Swaminarayan is omnipresent'.... "

"When does one get love and emotion toward the Lord?
Only when you do not any faults in the Lord divine sports...."

"Our beloved Jeevanpran Swamibapa sat in meditation for sixty one days. He brought Shree Swaminarayan Gadi from Akshardham onto this earth for our salvation....."

"We should learn to think that Lord never wants us to see bad days, only good ones....."

"The Lord says, 'I never give up anybody.... I am always with them at all times....."


6:00pm Hari Jap Yagna

Acharya Swamishree performed aarti at the yagna mandap to conclude the day's Hari Jap Peace yagna ceremony..

Thakorji Thaar (Evening Meal)

Khichadi and Kadi

8:30pm Shayan Aarti