DOWNEY, CA -Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal of California celebrated the 15th anniversary of its temple here from Apr 25 -May 3 with religious fervor and enthusiasm. These nine days witnessed amazing ardor among devotees. The celebration began on Apr 25 with the Pothi Yatra, when the holy Bhagwad Geeta...
Shastri Swami Chandraprakashdas inspired the devotees for seven days with Dasham Bhagwat Katha Parayan, a series of discourses that expounded the journey of Lord Krishan. He exhorted all to follow the principles of the faith for lasting contentment and happiness. On May 2 Hari yag yagna was performed in the morning for world prosperity, peace, love and harmony. This was followed by a Maruti yagna in the honor of Lord Hanuman and the worshippers prayed to end the sufferings among mankind and to lead them on the right path. The jal yatra that followed was performed by women devotees . A cultural program comprising of singing, dance, music and plays was presented by the members of the congregation. The children who participated were especially appreciated by all.
The final day was marked by maha abhishek and abhisek darshan where idols in the temple were washed with the water collected from different holy rivers of India including river Ganges and with other holy ingredients.
This event was attended by Sri Naresh Prasad Pande, elder brother of Acharya Maharaj Rakeshprasad and both sons of Acharya Maharaj Dhijendraprasad and Saurabhpasad Maharaj, popularly known as Lalji Maharaj.
More then 600 devotees were thrilled with the elaborate Annakut and the blessed vision of decorated deities with several steps of fruits and other delicacies displayed in front of them. The celebrations ended with arati and mahaprasad.
The president of the temple management Nanadlal Patel thanked all for their support and participation in the grand celebrations.
While talking to IJ, founder of the temple Raman Patel said construction of the new building would begin soon and will consist of a 14,000 sqft basement parking, class rooms and guest rooms. A 7,620 sq ft banquet hall with a seating capacity of 600 people is being planned. (with inputs from Deepinder Singh)