Annual Pratishtha Utsav & Shakotsav, SGVP, 2013

The 8th Annual Prartishtha Utsav of Shree Ram – Shaym – Ghanshyam and Shakotsav was celebrated at SGVP on the auspicious day of Vasant panchami, 5 Feb 2013. Vasant Panchami bears special importance in Indian tradition and in Shree Swaminarayan Sampraday as well. Vasant Panchami is the beginning of season of spring. Pleasing atmosphere with blossomed floras saturate faunas with enthusiasm. Birth day of Sadguru Shree Brahmanand Swami and Sadguru Shree Nishkulanand Swami also falls on this holy day. Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan wrote the Shikshapatri, beneficial to all on this day of Vasant Panchami.Sadvidya Saddharma Rakshak Sadguru Shastriji Maharaj Shree Dharmajivandasji Swami laid the foundation stone of Gurukul Tradition on this day at Rajkot.  Pratishtha of Shree Ram – Shaym – Ghanshyam at SGVP prayer hall was performed with the holy hands of Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji on this very day.With the celebration of these auspicious events, Gurukul Parivar arranged for the Shakotsav, a marvelous festival performed by Bhagawan Shree Swaminarayan at village Loya of Sura Khachar, one of His beloved devotees.On the eve of Vasant Panchami, holy water from the Prasadi Adalaj step well was brought and worshipped after Jal-Yatra at SGVP. On Feb 5, in the early morning, Abhishek of Shree Ram – Shyam – Ghanshyam Maharaj was performed with Panchamrut, Tirth-Jal, Kesar-Jal, Chandan, 108 herbal medicines, flower petals etc. Abhishek was followed by the recitation and Poojan of Shikshapatri. Sadguruvarya Shastri Shree Madhavpriyadasji Swami explained the importance of the day and celebration. Sadguru Purani Swami Shree Bhaktiprakashadasji Swami and Sadguru Purani Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami also delivered the occasional speech and blessings.A marvelous and delicious Annakut was offered and Arati was performed by Sadguru saints. In the end devotees enjoyed the Prasadam of Shakotsav.

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