Our beloved Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa gave a physical embodiment to Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. He spread Lord Shree Swaminarayan’s philosophy all over the world from the motherland of India to the Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Ninety-nine years ago on Bhadarva Vad Amas, Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa manifested on this earth. This day happened to fall on September 22nd, 2006 this year. Therefore it marked Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s 99th manifestation day. This auspicious occasion was celebrated at Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey on September 24th. The celebrations were held in the presence of a mandal of seven eminent sants who have been touring and residing in the United States for three months.
The Jayanti celebrations commenced with Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s swagat. Shree Swamibapa Pipe Band escorted the divine murti of Jeevanpran Swamibapa and the sants into the temple. Disciples followed them with offerings for the Lord and Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Afterwards, sants and disciples performed poojan and panchamrut snan (bathing with the five nectars). Sants and disciples then performed aarti to Jeevanpran Swamibapa, and cakes were offered to Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Following that, sants and disciples gave speeches about the glory of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Sadguru Shree Jitendrapriyadasji Swami also shared His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree’s ashirwad. The program ended with all disciples performing aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. After the program, maha-prasad was served to all who were present.
In October 2007, next year, Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s 100th manifestation day will occur. In honor of this extremely auspicious occasion, the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi Mahotsav will be celebrated. This grand historical festival is expected to attract thousands of disciples from all over the world.