As a prelude to this Mahotsav, a peace rally was held on 14th February 2004, through the west side of Ahmedabad.
The sants and devotees observed Valentines Day and demonstrated their love and devotion to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree. After the morning Shanghar aarti, Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj and Acharya Swamishree were adorned in beautiful flower garments. Flowers and gifts were then offered. Acharya Swamishree presented each sant with a prasadi red rose and mithai (sweets).
As a prelude to the Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Hirak Mahotsav and Acharya Swamishree Pitharpan Rajatotsav, a magnificent procession was held through the streets of Gujarat 's elite Satellite area of Ahmedabad.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree inspired this procession to promote peace, compassion and unity of all faiths.
The procession commenced at precisely 3.00 pm at Manek Baag Hall. Thousands of devotees from all around the world had gathered for the divine darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.
The devoted sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan had created 10 magnificent chariots. All carried the message of universal peace and harmony. Lord Swaminarayan was seated on a chariot that had been decorated with all the items used in performing pooja (adoration). Jeevanpran Bapashree was seated on a chariot together with His devoted sants. Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree gave darshan, seated on an intrinsically crafted grand chariot. Throughout the procession, young disciples performed dances on a travelling stage, promoting peace and humanitarianism.
The procession passed through Nehru Nagar Circle , Amba Wadi Circle , Panchvati and C G Road .
C G Road is one of the most prestigious shopping areas of Gujarat . Goods from all around the world are imported and can be purchased at the many shops in C G Road . Thousands of shoppers watched in amazement at the sight of this wonderful spectacle. It is estimated that over 26 thousand devotees and other indigenous people of Gujarat took part in this procession.
The 6 km procession concludes at Sardar Patel Stadium at 7.00 pm .
Acharya Swamishree cast His divine gaze over all the people in the procession and made them all worthy of salvation.
The event was widely covered in many of the National press. Sadguru Shashtri Shree Bhagwatpriyadasji Swami and one of the organisers of the procession, Shree Gnandivakardasji Swami gave extensive interviews to many of the National and satellite television channels.