Swaminarayan Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Swaminarayan, is celebrated on the ninth dayin bright half of Chaitra month (Chaitra Sud Nom). Swaminarayan Jayanti 2011 date is 12 April.
On this occasion I want to recall the history of the Lord Swaminarayan to dedicate pramukh swami & all saints.
Early Days, Leaving Home
Bharatvarsha – India has been graced since time immemorial by incarnations, rishis and sadhus. Whenever evil elements stifle Dharma – righteousness, God incarnates on earth to re-establish Dharma. Lord Ramchandra in the age of Treta and Lord Krishna, at the end of Dwapar, are the two most notable.
Five thousand years after Lord Krishna passed away, into the age of Kali – darkness, the ogre of evil defiantly arose out of its banishment, once again darkening the minds and hearts of the people, its grip suffocating eighteenth century India. Severing vital nerves and arteries, it deprived the land of life-giving moral and spiritual nourishment; hindering healthy growth of the eternal values of Dharma, Satya – truth, Ahimsa – non-violence and Brahmacharya – celibacy.
Thus He incarnated as Ghanshyam on 2nd April 1781 (Chaitra Sud 9, Samvat 1837), in the rustic village of Chhapaiya, in northern India, to a Sarvaria Continue reading “Birthday of Lord Swaminarayan”
Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!
Happy Days Are Here Again!
With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it’s time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy this spring festival. Every year it is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. It is also time for spring harvest. The new crop refills the stores in every household and perhaps such abundance accounts for the riotous merriment during Holi. This also explains the other names of this celebration – ‘Vasant Mahotsava’ and ‘Kama Mahotsava’. Continue reading “Holi festival of colors”