9th January 2002 Day 5 - Sarvopari Shree Swaminarayan Mahamantra Dvisatabdi Mahotsav


Shangar Darshan

Hari Krishna MaharajJeevanpran BapashreeLord SwaminarayanJeevanpran SwamibapaSahajanand Swami


5:30am Mangla Aarti

Devotees, including many students from the chartralay, gathered inside the temple to awaken the Lord and receive divine darsan at Mangla Aarti. They chanted "Swaminarayan Gadi, Swaminarayan......Swaminarayan Gadi, Jaya Ghanashyam", to awaken the Lord, gradually increasing in volume and tempo as 5.30 approached. The singhasan doors opened, and Ghanshyam Maharaj's radiant tej reached out to all his devotees,

"Oh Ghanshyam, your divine darshan fills our hearts with love....."

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed Mangla aarti.

The Lord was adorned with a golden hat, golden fish kundal. The Lord's beauty was illuminated with sparkling lights and a silver table was place in front of the Lord, with a silver jug with water. Hari Krishna Maharaj and Sahajanand Swami were similarly bejewelled. Jeevanpran Bapashree was adorned with a pink shawl, and a dark green scarf around his paag. Jeevanpran Swamibapa was adorned with a pink shawl and a orange scarf around his paag.

7:00am Shangar Aarti

On this, the final day of the Mahotsav, the temple was again brimming as the devotees awaited the Lord's divine darshan. As the doors of the singhasan were pulled back for the Shangar aarti, Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj was resplendent, with a red and golden chogla vari paag, golden kundal, and turquoise green vaghas. In His right hand the Lord held a pale orange handkerchief, in his left hand was a golden punjo. His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed Shangar Aarti. Thereafter Acharya Swamishree and the sants prepared to go to Shree Swaminarayan Tower.

7:28 am - Swagat Yatra

"Swaminarayan Gadi, Swamibapa" dhoon was playing sweetly in the background, filling the cool air of the early morning. The ornately decorated chariot for the Swagat Yatra was brought from the temple to the tower, pulled by the Lord's beloved sants and devotees.

Atop the magnificent chariot was Lord Swaminarayan seated upon his divine throne, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. He was adorned in a Pink Paag with blue kalanki and strings of pearls and dark Pink Vaghas. In His right hand, He held a bright yellow handkerchief.

For some beloved devotees, this was the first time they had witness the divine darshan of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi at such a close distance. Much has been said and heard about Lord Swaminarayan seated upon Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, but today the devotees had the opportunity to behold this divine darshan with their own eyes. The exalted emotions could be seen on the faces of all present; surprise, amazement, happiness, delight......

"Vah re Vah"

After performing aarti at the Shree Swaminarayan Tower, HDH Acharya Swamishree ascended the chariot, and performed aarti to Lord Swaminarayan. His Divine Holiness took his seat at the lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayan and was garlanded by His beloved devotees. Two hundred, heart-shaped balloons were released by HDH Acharya Swamishree, into the bright blue sky.To the left of HDH Acharya Swamishree sat Sadguru Shree Bhaktavasaldasji Swami.

The Sants began to pull the chariot and the procession commenced. The procession was led by Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band followed by devotees bearing gifts of coconuts, dried fruits and a golden mooghat. Devotees and onlookers lined the entire route, cheering and clapping as the chariot passed by. The procession culminated in the divine sabha, where Lord Swaminarayan, seated upon Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, was carried from the chariot by HDH Acharya Swamishree and His beloved Sants towards the front of the sabha. The kirtan "Avo Avo Sahajanandji" was playing and the Lord's beloved Sants and devotees performed a welcoming dance to the melody. As the dance continued, the Gadi was taken closer and closer to the divine Singhasan as sweet smelling rose petals showered Lord Swaminarayan. HDH Acharya Swamishree danced with joy as he welcomed Lord Swaminarayan onto the stage. Just as a loving parent tickles their young child with great love, HDH Acharya Swamishree tickled Lord Swaminarayan under the chin on numerous occasions. At the end of the kirtan, HDH Acharya Swamishree again sat at the lotus feet of Sahajanand Swami, and the conch sounded for the Swagat ceremony to begin.

The devotees bearing gifts presented them at the lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayan seated upon the Swaminarayan Gadi. HDH Acharya Swamishree then lovingly adorned Sajanand Swami with golden haar, kundal, and mooghat. The divine sabha hailed Lord Swaminarayan.

"Swaminarayan Naam ne laviya Shreejiraj"

"Swaminarayan Gadi laviya Gururaj"

A beautifully decorated four-tiered cake was presented to Lord Swaminarayan, which was cut and offered to him by HDH Acharya Swamishree. This was followed by offerings of burfi, mukhvaas and many other platters to Lord Swaminarayan. On this auspicious occasion, Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band saluted the Lord. HDH Acharya Swamishree offered golden flowers to Lord Swaminarayan, one by one on behalf of the congregation. Aarti to Lord Swaminarayan, with 200 wicks was performed by HDH Acharya Swamishree and Sants followed by the beloved devotees.

8:15am - Rajbhog Aarti

11:20am - Divine Morning Ashirwad

His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad;

"The performances we have witnessed were unique......"

"We have gathered here in Jeevanpran Swamibapa's dhaam, this Maninagar dhaam IS divine akshardhaam. How happy must Jeevanpran Swamibapa be today watching His beloved Sants and devotees. Swamibapa is happy with you all....."

"This Mahotsav has come to an end. During the preparations and the Mohatsav neither the Sants or devotees have thought of sleep, hunger, nor thirst....."

"This ekadasi is a very auspicious day. Lord Swaminarayan announced His name to the world on this day 200 years ago....."

"Yesterday, the Vishva Shanti Yatra was a peace loving yatra of Lord Swaminarayan. Permission was granted to for this yatra where normally it is impossible to obtain....."

"Thousands of people got the divine darshan and heard the dhoon of Ohm Shree Swaminarayan Bapa Swami Bapa Bhagwate Nahmaha. How peaceful it sounded. This yatra was of love, devotion and unity....."

Prathana: "O Swaminarayan Bapa Swamibapa, whosoever did Your darshan yesterday, make it your task and grant each and every one of them eternal salvation....."

"Sants and devotees have both done limitless seva. Some devotees worked throughout the night and went to work the next day. Both Sants and devotees did not consider day or night and they all worked extremely hard....."

"At Swaminarayan Gadi, Jeevanpran Swamibapa was the One who inspired His devotees to excel themselves to perform new and unique seva....."

HDH Acharya Swamishree described all the seva that the supreme Sants and devotees performed, and informed them all that Lord Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Swamibapa is very pleased with them.

"Many devotees around the world including London and Nairobi contacted Maninagar to thank us for the live broadcast. They said that even sitting at home, they felt they had taken part in this supremely auspicious occasion....."

"Whoever sang a kirtan at night, Swamibapa used to be very pleased with them and hug them. So to please the Lord, you should sing a kirtan every night just before you sleep....."

"In preparation for Swamibapa's Satabdi Mahotsav, the next 25 kirtans have been published. For 61 days, Swamibapa went into meditation. During this period He had decided to end his divine sport. But because of the love and devotion of the Sants and devotees he would leave behind, He decided to come back......"

"You must understand the supremacy of Lord Swaminarayan, and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, and guard this knowledge with all your life. If you loose this knowledge, it will drive you away from the lotus feet of Shree Swaminarayan....."

"We must carry on with this kirtan bhakti, parayan reading, etc, until our last breath. If you do 9-fold bhakti, you will attain divine bhakti....."

Prathana: "Divya Jeevan ni Jyot Jagawo, Aap karta thi karyo deepavo, Mangalmay sukhe nitya de nara, Jay Ghanshyam Jay Jay Karnara."

Akshardhamno Amrut

In many ashirwads, Swamibapa has said that when a divine Sant or devotee sits down and sings, the Lord stands up and listens. When a divine Sant or devotee dances, the Lord dances with them.

The main committee members of Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthans from around the world, were invited to adorn the lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayan and HDH Acharya Swamishree with fresh fragrant flowers. As the kirtan 'Avo Avo Sahajanandji' started to play for this ceremony, the Sants picked up and lifted high into the air, both Shree Swaminarayan Gadi with Lord Swaminarayan seated upon it and the Gadi upon which HDH Acharya Swamishree was seated. HDH Acharya Swamishree, overcome with emotion, could not hide His feelings any longer and rose to stand on His Gadi. As the music continued, His Divine Holiness elatedly danced upon his Gadi. His beloved children in the Sabha were ecstatic, having been witness to an unprecedented occurrence. The sabha was initially overwhelmed but excitedly joined in the dancing, everyone jumping up waving their hands as they joined HDH in the frenzied atmosphere being generated. Seeing this, HDH Acharya Swamishree sang and danced even more. And His beloved children had to reply by clapping their hands in the air. Each and every individual felt as if they were dancing with the Lord.

HDH Acharya Swamishree opened His arms to the sabha and collectively 'hugged' everyone, each and everyone in the congregation hugged him back. The unforgettable, Akshardhamno Amrut. Fountains of love were flowing. There were many devotees in the congregation who had heard of similar laabh in America and were waiting for their chance to experience such laabh. Today, the Lord gave them much much more; He gave them his Murti, as it is in Akshardhaam surrounded by all his Anadi muktas, and they experienced the happiness and contentment of being at one with the Lord. The way the Lord gives His Anadi Muktas Amrutno Raas in His Murti, is exactly what the sabha witnessed today. Each and every member of this sabha was given this Amrut to drink.

Thakorji Thaar (Ferrari Lunch)

Rajgherino Sero, Toparapak, Bateta nu shaak, Morayo, Khadi.

6:30pm Sandhya Aarti

8:30pm Shayan Aarti

Comments of the Day

"Yagnas like the magnificent Sarvopari Shree Swaminarayan Mahamantra Dvishatabdi Mahotsav that we have just experienced should be a regular event for the peace of the world"

Loving devotee Manish Patel, Maninagar

"I have seen many Acharyas in life time, but none can match HDH Acharya Swamishree. He is as sweet as a child, with extreme knowledge and is a part of the Supreme Guru Parampara of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. Oh my beloved Swamiji, even though you are so great, today the natural love you have for Swaminarayan Bhagwan was experience by us all.
You danced with love just like an innocent young child with your sants, and at that time I felt as if Swaminarayan Bhagwan, himself amongst us.

By seeing todays darshan, which I have never seen in all my life, I truly am blessed......

Oh my Bhagwan! until my last breath, please allow me to remember this divine darshan....."

Loving devotee Ghanshyambhai Bhavsar, Maninagar

"The last two years, I have experienced many Mahotsavs in Swaminarayan Gadi, and at the end of each mahotsav, I felt that I had been in Akshardham, but today when I woke up, I didn't know what was going to happen. When Lord Swaminarayan entered the sabha seated on His Shree Swaminarayan Gadi carried by His Sants, I changed my visualisation of Akshardham, and later on in that day, when Swamiji was dancing at the lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayan on His Gadi, realised that our beloved Swamiji was showing us how to play in the murti of the Lord. How playful he was towards His Lord Swaminarayan, and how happy the Lord seemed....

How blessed were the few children of Lord Swaminarayan who were priviledged to have such divine darshan of Akshardham in Maninagardham with the Lord dancing in front of them. It was divinely magnificent.

Thank you Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa for allowing me to be present here. I would never have dreamt that I would experience such happiness and drink your amrut in such a manner. As your child you have allowed me to have such laabh, and I pray that you remember me in all the future mahotsavs to come.

Vah re vah Bapa, I thank you once again....."

A loving Devotee

"There are no words to explain today's experience, standing and swaying in akshardham....."

A loving Devotee, London

"Just being here was overwhelming. Seeing my Bapa dancing with Lord Swaminarayan took my breath away. I pray that I will never forget this divine darshan....."

A loving Devotee, London