Patotsav Ceremony forms the penultimate morning of the Mahotsav

The sixth day of the Mahotsav saw the patotsav ceremony at Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir. Soon after performing Shangar Aarti at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj arrived at Smruti Mandir to preside over the celebrations there.

Given the sheer number of disciples who have been inspired to pledge donations in celebration of this historic Mahotsav, sants had put in place a perfectly ordered system to ensure each and every disciple could have the darshan of, and perform Aarti to, the Lord in comfort and calm.

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj initially conducted vidhi to the Murtis of Hanuman and Ganpati, before sants performed poojan vidhi to the beautiful Murti of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj that presides at the main entrance to the Mandir - an eternal reminder of the creative force behind the building of the magnificent monument that is Smruti Mandir.

Celebrations commenced at Jeevanpran Swamibapa's Samadhi Murti - the precise location at the Mandir's innermost sanctum of Smruti Mandir where the cremation ceremony of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa was performed. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the Patotsav vidhi to Jeevanpran Swamibapa before an Annakut of various sweets was placed before this awe-inspiring Murti. The disciples who had pledged their donations to this Murti then had the honour of performing Aarti to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

The ceremony then moved one floor up within the Mandir to the grand sinhasan that accommodates the glorious Murtis of Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj - Lord Shree Swaminarayan - and our divine guru-parampara. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj offered poojan to each of the Murtis here before presiding besides Jeevanpran Swamibapa seated on Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, from where He conducted the patotsav ceremony. A magnificent
array of lavish dishes were then offered to the Lord in the form of a grand Annakut. The disciples who had pledged their donations to the sinhasan then had the privilege to offer Aarti.

All the while, the tens of thousand attending the Mahotsav were gathered in the sabha mandap, watching the live broadcast of today's ceremony and celebration - patiently awaiting their call to offer Aarti at the Mandir.

Education Minister visits the Mahotsav to see the spiritual learning on show

The final evening of the Mahotsav was a musical called Saptarangi Swamibapa Nrutya Natika. The full range of talents of the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi residing all across India was on show tonight as an eclectic mix of acts performed through the evening.

The eminent guest for the evening was Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, member of the Council of Ministers of Gujarat in 13th Gujarat Legislative Assembly of Indian state of Gujarat. He is a cabinet minister of Education (Primary, Secondary and Adult), Higher and Technical Education, Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Science and Technology.

Whether it was aerial ballet, street or traditional dance, or the interludes of narrative between them, the evening concert had one motive – to convey knowledge and learning through the medium of entertainment. At Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, these wonderful stage performances are never solely to entertainment, but always seek to deliver important life lessons for the betterment of oneself. Shri Bhupendrasinh was honoured with a Prasad paag and took to the stage to praise the societal contributions made by Jeevanpran Swamibapa – whom he personally had the darshan of – and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

The two-hour production saw a range of highlights, including:

  • A patriotic dance comprising disabled performers, through which Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan shone a light on disabled issues in support of the Accessible India Campaign, which is a nation-wide Campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

  • 31 of the youngest dancers beautifully dressed as peacocks, all dancing wonderfully in sync.

  • One of the most popular acts from India’s Got Talent, “Angel’s Army” performing a street dance full of power, poise and precision.

  • A grand finale of dhols fused with Scottish pipes and drums performed by the five global Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Bands 

Acharya Swamishree Maharaj blessed the stage performers by joining them on stage to conclude the evening.