Swaminarayan Mahotsav - Gurukul Surat

‘Swaminarayan Mahotsav’ was celebrated at Shree Swaminaraya Gurukul Surat, one of the branches of Gurukul ever sounding with incessant Dhoon, Mantra-lekhan, Yajna, Sanhita-path, Ved-Parayan along with various social, medical and educational activities.
With the blessings of Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji, inspiration of Sadguru Mahant Swami Shree Devkrishnadasji Swami & Sadguru Shastri Swami Shree Madhavpriyadasji Swami and under the significant direction of Sadguru Purani Shree Dharmavallbhdasji Swami, Swaminarayan Mahotsav was celebrated in a highly devotional atmosphere from 23rd March to 27th March, 2005.
1008 kund Mahavishnu-yag, 1008 Maha-poojan, Abhishek & Annakut with 1008 dishes, 251 Kirtan – sankirtan-bhakti, 108 hours Raas, Medical camps, Bal-Yuva-Mahila Manch, Audio-visual presentations, Pushpa-dola-utsav, Rang-utsav were the salient features of the Mahotsav, Laks of devotees and citizens took the benefit of this grand festival.
108 hours incessant Raas was started from 22nd March.
Inauguration of audio-visual showbiz. Four kinds of units were stared for social awareness from the holy hands of Sadguru Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami..
        Industrial guidance for men
        Industrial guidance for women
        Scientific and developed methods for better farming adopted by Israel.
        Directions to get rid of addiction
A grand procession (Pothi-yatra) was arranged with Pothi, Mantra-books, various inspiring slogans and other holy symbols.
Inauguration of the festival was a marvellous moment when Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji lighted the lamp along with Sadguru Mahant Swami Shree Devkrishnadasji Swami & Sadguru Shastri Swami Shree Madhavpriyadasji Swami. Students welcomed the occasion with utsav-nrutya and drama.
Subsequently Katha-parayan Began with Arti and Poojan by Yajmans. Sadguru Purani Shree Gyanswarupdasji Swami narrated the Katha on Vidur-niti in his unique manner.
Inspirational drama emphasising on better nurturing of kids and teens.
In the last session of the day, Educational officer Shree P.B. Gadhavi unveiled the curtain of Bal-manch. Students and the teens from the Bal-manch presented various inspiring cultural programmes.
Inauguration of Bal-manch : Inaugurators: Pujya Kothari Swami Shree Harijivandasji Swami and Shree P.B. Gadhavi District education minister, Surat)
Various presentations by kids and teens of Bal-manch
‘Bal-sangat’ CD was released by the holy hands of Pujya Manhant Swamishree.
Pujya Shastri Swami encouraged the students for securing higher position in various fields and blessed the Bal-manch for brighter future.
In the end of Bal-manch, the presentation of gymnastics was very astonishing.
The second day of the Mahotsav was begun with holy ritual of Arani-manthan. A pious Agni was generated by doing friction between two woods of Arani with recitation of Vedic Mantras and Dhoon.
It was followed by the inauguration of ‘Sankirtan Sarita’ by the holy hands of Pujya Mahant Swamishree & Pujya Shastri Swamishree. Sankirtan of 251 Kirtans (of Nand-saints) was performed enthusiastically.
Sadguru Purani Shree Devprasaddasji Swami narrated the explanation of Vachanamrut and Purani Shree Krishnapriyadasji Swami illustrated the Charitra of Devotees from Harililamrut.
Mahila Manch was inaugurated by Sankhya-yogis and guests. On the first day, members of Balika-mandal presented various inspirational cultural programmes. Sankya-yogies and guests gave the blessings and occasional speeches.
A blood donation camp was arranged by Mahila-manch. 150 bottles of blood were collected.
In the last session of the day, Sadguru Purani Shree Gyanswarupsadji narrated Katha on Vidur-niti. Shree Ramvilas Maharaj (Chair person of Sadhu-samaj, South India) was honoured.
    A medical Van was dedicated for medical services.
Incredulous Donation:
Human body and its limbs are of extreme importance and without any alternative. Especially eyes to lighten the life of some blind and deceased body for the research work to overcome the various diseases and to train the trainers for serious surgeries. Eye donation and deceased body donation are very essential but rare. Keeping this scarcity in mind and to serve the society saints themselves declared for this kind of donation and appealed for the same. Response was unbelievable. Nominated were in the numbers of hundreds. Persons desiring for this benevolent donation can contact at Gurukul Surat.
The session was ended with a wonderful magic show from K.lal magician group.
Maha-vishnuyag was started with Abhishek and poojan of Shreeji Maharaj at Yagna-shala. Pious Agni placed in all 1008 Yagna-kunds. More than 4000 Ahuties (holy offerings to Agni in Yagna-kund) have been offering on each Mantra and holy name of Bhagwan. This was the ever first time in the Sampraday and society to have darshan of 1008 yagnas simultaneously. During the three days of Maha-vishnuyag laks of people took the benefit of Drashan and prasad of this unique and marvellous Maha-vishnuyag.
2nd day of Mahila-manch was continued in holy presence of Lady-achrya and Sankhya-yogies.
Inaugurators: Sankhya-yogi Kamalaben, Additional commissioner Mrs. Miraben Varma
Tri-cycle and sewing-machine distribution to needy
Dramas on characters of lady-devotees
Encouragements to participants securing higher ranks in spiritual tests
Speech : Bhanuben Gajera (Chairperson -  Mahila-manch)
Blessings : Lady-Acharya
Yuva-manch (First session)
Procession ( Yuva-Shobhayatra ) with P.P.D.D. 1008 Maharajshree Rakeshprasadji Maharaj and saints
Shreeji Maharaj on a giant elephant, 11 inspiring floats, chariots, slogans, Raas-mandal etc. were adorning the shobhayatra
A warm welcome to Pujyapad Maharajshree at Gurukul
Inauguration of Yuva-manch. Inaugurators : Pujyapad Maharajshree, Pujya Purani Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami (In the last session of the day). It was followed by prayer & pledge.
Inauguration of Hostel for tribe students (at Gurukul Navasari) Inaugurators : Sadguru Mahant Swami Shree Devkrishnadasji Swami & Sadguru Shastri Swami Shree Madhavpriyadasji Swami and Shree Govindbhai Dholakiya ( Ramkrishna Export )
108 eye camps will be arranged in various provinces of the state. Medical team of Gurukul will serve and free of charge operations will be held at Gurukul hospital including transportation. Shree Manojbhai Godhani congratulated the associates of this medical project.
108 computers distributed to the schools of rural areas from the holy hands of Pujyapad Maharajshree
CDs: ‘VACHANAMRUT’, ‘AVASAR’, Books: ‘SATSANG NO VARSO’, VACHANAMRUT CHINTAN – PART 3’ were released Massage to youths: sadguru Purani shree Balkrishnadasji Swami
Play: HAM SAHAJANANDI YUVA.
The Day of Rang-utsav
Early in the Morning.
Poojan and Abhishek of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj
Abhishek of Shree Ghansyham Maharaj was performed with Pamcha-mrut, Kesar-jal, holy river water, various Aushaddhi.
Devotees took the divine advantage of having darshan of abhishek by the holy hands of P.P.D.D. Maharajshree Rakeshprasadji and elder saints in the pious presence of Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji.
At Yagna-shala also Poojan and Abhishek of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj was performed with holy hands of Maharajshree and yajmans
Marvellous darshan of Annkut with 1008 delicious dishes. Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji and elder saints performed the Arti of Annkut.
Medical Camps:
Eye camp : 842 patients served. 58 patients treated for the operation.
Tooth camp : 248 patients served.
Pushp-dola-utsav
It was started with the holy ingress of H.H. Maharajshree
stage was decorated with 13 swings made up of flowers
H.H. Maharahshree and saints made them swing.
Ambience was as like as the time of Shreeji Maharaj celebrating the festival at Vadtal.
groups of devotees as they were coming from various localities they offer poojan to Shreeji Maharaj presentation of funny events among the devotees, etc. visualised celebration of Vadtal.
Inauguration of new built School gate
Rang-utsav
H.H. Maharajshree inaugurated the Rang-utsav.
Thousands of devotees got advantage to have Rang-utsav with H.H. Maharajshree and saints
H.H. Maharajshree and saints showered the Gulal and Kesuda-jal on all devotees
It was followed by the rang-utsav among female devotees
Yuva-manch (Second session) 04:00 pm – 06:45
Blessings : Sadguru Mahant Swami Shree Devkrishnadasji Swami
Purani Shree Hariswarupdasji Swami delivered his speech on ‘JIVAN NU SANGIT’ in his unique way of delivering.
A drama presenting the sacrifice of two devotees of village Gundali
Yuva-manch (Third session) 09:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Speech :Shastri Shree Harinarayandasji Swami
Warm welcome to Pujyapad Maharajshree at Yuvamanch
Drama on character of devotee Rupabhai
In the morning
1008 Group Mahapooja : Alumni of Gurukul from various regions of the country have attended the festival. Only they participated in group-mahapooja. Pujya Shastri Shree Madhavpriyadasji Swami performed the rituals of Mahapooja. It was a memorable Darshan. H.H.D.D. Maharajshree also expressed the feeling of pleasure and blessed Pujya Dharmavallbhdasji Swami and saints.
Alumni assembly : students always feel Gurukul as a real home. Whenever alumni visit the Gurukul, they experience the golden span of life. During the festival they enjoyed the emotional moments of olden days with their classmates. It was a very heart-touching time when saints addressed and advised warmly.
In the after-noon
Katha Vidurniti : Sadguru Purani Shree Gyanswarupdasji Swami
1008 Mahavishnuyag Purnahuti : In the graceful presence of Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji, the last Ahuti (Bidu) was offered to Agni-narayan. Pujya Swamiji and saints performed the Arti and blessed all yajmans.
Mahavishnu-yag : Blessings to Pujya Dharmavallabh Swami
Mahavishnu-yag : Blessings to Yajman Shree Dhirubhai Kotadiya
At evening, last session of the festival
Shree Swaminarayan Nrutya Natika : Starting from the curse of Durvasa Rushi at Badrikashram many divine deeds of Shreeji Maharaj,  effectively presented along with audio-visual aids.
Dedicated volunteers : footholds of  the Mahotsav
In the morning, started for Avbhruth-snan at the bank of holy river Narmada
Saints and devotees took sankalp (pledge) for the movement of Group-Mahapooja for forthcoming years. Celebration of which will be in the decade year of incessant Dhoon at Gurukul Surat, which is going to complete glorious span of ten years after two years.
Declaration for the next movement of Group-mahapooja by Gurukul Parivar
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