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Editor’s Note The Murti Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Perth marks a momentous occasion for Perth Satsangis. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. A tremendous amount of effort has gone into working on the constitution, setting up various halls on Sundays for our weekly Satsang sabhas, manning food stalls, walking for fundraising, cooking for volunteers at the site, writing receipts for the thousands of donations we have received, preparing plans for construction, developing a curriculum for the Gujarati school, decorating a different hall every few months for Ram Navami, Janmastami or Ankut and last but not least the hundreds of hours spent in committee meetings. The Mahotsav marks a point where we can stand and reflect on all the hard work that has been accomplished. In 5 years, a community of circa 1000 people has managed to build a multimillion dollar temple that will benefit generations to come. This is a truly outstanding achievement that will be cherished by every Satsangi who has contributed to the Mandir. To this end, this souvenir magazine, in a small way, attempts to capture the work that has gone into building the Mandir. This achievement has been acknowledged and complimented by leaders of our Satsang, community and government. We hope that you find this Souvenir magazine a great read and serve as an insight into the history of our organisation.

VOTE OF THANKS We would like to thank Maharajshree and Mahant Swami for their inspiration and blessings throughout this journey. The Managing Committee and the Trustees for their guidance and entrusting us with this great responsibility. We would also like to thank the various Swaminarayan Temples, for their complimentary messages that adorn the the first few pages of the book. A special thanks to Hon. John Castrilli MLA, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests and Hon. Narendrabhai Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat for their heartfelt congratulations and wishes. A big thank you to the keen individuals and business advertisers for the generous support. We are extremely grateful to the various content and image providers for their contribution to the articles in this book. A special mention to Shree Swaminarayan Temple Oldham for letting us use content from their publication ‘Life and Faith of Lord Swaminarayan’ We wish to thank Kalpa Hirani and the Graphics and Design Team for their creativity and countless hours put into this project.

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CONTENTS

SOUVENIR

Perth Temple History

06

Letters of Congratulations

08

Building for Generations, Preserving the Future

38

What is Murti Pran Pratistha?

52

Mahant Swami & Bhuj Santos

72

Murtis of our Temple

54

Hindu Festivals

74

ABOUT OUR MURTIS

56

Hindu Rituals

90

Lord Swaminarayan

64

Acharya Parampara

68

Bhoomi Poojan & KHat Muhurat Chadavo

96

Koshalendra Prasadji Maharaj

Donor Lists

97

70

FEATURES

Seva List

104

Mahotsav Event Management Team

106

MANDIR COMMITTEE MEMBERS &TRUSTEES

108


Aavo Padharo Akshar Dhaam Na Adhikari Bano


Perth

Temple History

Shree Swaminarayan Temple (Mandir), Perth, Australia Inc was incorporated on the 25th day of July 2006 as a non-profit organisation. The organisation strives to propagate and promote the true and original precepts & tenets of the Shree Swaminarayan Faith ordained by Lord Swaminarayan together with other aims and objectives set out in the Organisation’s Constitution.

The followers of Lord Swaminarayan are a part of Sanatan Dharma (Hindu Faith) similar to the followers of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Lord NarNarayan. Shree Swaminarayan Temple (Mandir), Perth, Australia Inc belongs to a larger group of Swaminarayan Organisations and Temples around the world. The first Swaminarayan Temple in the world was built in India on land

donated by the British Government over two hundred years ago. The Temple still exists in Ahmedabad and is used by thousands of devotees daily. Alongside the many Swaminarayan Temples in India, there are over 30 Temples located in major cities in North America, Europe and Africa. In Australasia, there are established temples in Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney, and Melbourne along with chapters

operating Adelaide.

in

Brisbane

and

All of these Temples hold cultural and religious activities, where people attend and take part on a voluntary basis. These temples become a focal point for the community of Hindus living nearby. For some, as they get older, it becomes their life; a place where they can pray, meet people and find solace.

FOUNDATION OF THE SHREE SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE, PERTH, AUSTRALIA INC The followers of Lord Swaminarayan first arrived in Perth in the mid 80s. They organised small scale Satsang Sabhas (prayer meetings) and social functions at individuals’ houses on a monthly basis. The Satsang prospered under the International Swaminarayan Satsang Organisation (ISSO) charter with regular visits from Mota Maharajshree and Maharajshree in the late 90s.

By 1998, the steady influx of followers to Perth

meant that individuals’ homes were no longer suitable to hold large gatherings. The founding members of the Satsang in Perth decided that bigger premises were required to hold regular Satsang Sabhas. Initially, the community hall at the Scarborough Civic Centre was hired and Satsang Sabhas were held fortnightly on Sundays. As the community grew, the Sabhas were then held weekly and later moved to bigger locations, firstly to Dianella Scouts Hall for a number of years, thereafter to Hampton Senior High in Morley till current date.

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In 2003, we were graced with the presence of Santos from Bhuj Mandir for the first time. From there on in, annual visits were organised with Maharajshree and Bhuj Santos. As the Satsang grew in numbers and moved from one Community Hall to another, In December 2005, leaders of the Satsang decided to take up the task of establishing an organisation with the goal of building a Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Perth. In order to do this, the leaders approached Maharajshree and Mahant Swami for their blessings and commenced the work of drafting a constitution in December 2005.

A draft constitution was prepared in early 2006

and was put forward to Satsangis in June 2006 where it was unanimously accepted. The incorporation of Shree Swaminarayan Temple (Mandir) Perth followed in July 2006 with the first Annual General Meeting held on the 3rd of September 2006.


A year after the incorporation of the organisation, there were over 100 subscribed members and in excess of 300 ordinary members with significant growth forecasted. The organisation saw this as an opportunity to establish a firm base for the members and commenced the search for land with the view of building a Swaminarayan Temple in Perth. Various options were considered including refurbishing an existing building or constructing a new building. Eventually, the property on Marshall Road, Bennett Springs became available. This property was a 10 acre block of affordable land in an area easily accessible to most of the Organisation’s members.

In October 2007, the Organisation put in an offer for this land which was duly accepted. A broad plan for the purchase and development of this property was put forward to Maharajshree, Mahant Swami and the members of the community in Perth. The plan received overwhelming support and the funds required to purchase the land were raised in just under two months. The acquisition of this land was a watershed moment for the Satsangis as they realised that their dream of building a new temple for Lord Swaminarayan in Perth would come to fruition in the near future. Bhoomi Poojan was carried out in the presence of Swami Harijivan Dasji and Swami Balkrishna Dasji in February 2008. Immediately after the purchase, the process for obtaining approval from the shire to build a new temple on the land commenced. In November 2009, the approval for change of use enabling construction for a place of worship was received from the City of Swan.

The building licence application was submitted in June 2010 and approval was received in June 2011. The building of the Mandir was to be carried out using the ‘Owner Builder – Design & Construction route. This arrangement allowed the Organisation to maximise seva (volunteer) input from the community members, which would result in substantial savings. ‘Lakeshore Builders’ was appointed as a licensed builder to construct the Mandir. In July 2011, site clearance was initiated along with the mobilisation of the earthworks contractor.

The Khat Muhurat Utsav (Foundation stone laying ceremony)    took place in October 2011 in the presence of Maharajshree, Mahant Swami and elder Santos from Bhuj and guests from Australia and overseas. This event was a major milestone for the Organisation and gave the community the moral boost and financial impetus that was necessary to complete the building project. Following the Khat Muhurat, the building works began in earnest with the external footings concreted with a ceremony where members of the community got the opportunity to write their names on the foundation stones. The mandir slab was poured prior to Christmas 2011.

In January 2012, the concreters mobilised and

commenced formation of the concrete tilt panels on site. Concrete tilt panels were lifted into place in March 2012 in the presence of Bhuj Mandir Santos, The majority of the work post the installation of structural concrete and steel was carried out as seva works (on volunteer basis).

At this time, the date for the Murti Pran

Pratistha Mahotsav (opening ceremony) of the new temple was set in consultation with members of the community, Maharajshree and Mahant Swami. The chosen date was the auspicious day of

Makar Sankranti on the 14th of January 2013.

The planning for the opening ceremony began immediately with a Mahotsav sub-committee formed to organise the event. A significant amount of co-ordination was required to ensure that the Mahotsav and Buidling works progressed hand in hand and the most efficient use of the Organisation’s resources. As an example, the procurement of building materials, murtis and decorations from India was co-ordinated together.

All in all, 2012 was an extremely busy year for

the Organisation with over 250 people involved on a volunteer basis in the construction of the Mandir and over 100 people involved in the planning of the Murti Pran Pratistha Mahotsav. Shree Swaminarayan Temple Perth was practically completed in December 2012 with the occupation certificate granted in January 2013. n

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2nd Jan 2013 Jay Shree Swaminarayan I on behalf of the Trustee’s and Committee Members of Shree Swaminarayan Temple (Mandir) Perth Australia Inc would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to our New Mandir opening and Murti Pran Pratishta Mahotsav. Satsangis of Perth have come a long way from holding Satsang at devotee’s homes in small numbers to this new Mandir and large site. It has been a tremendous effort by all those involved in building this new home for Lord Shree Swaminarayan in Perth Western Australia and they can all be proud of their achievements. This is surely a dream come true for Satsangis of Perth and no doubt the input made to the Mandir has provided inner satisfaction to all who have contributed to this from the early planning to the construction seva and to the organization of this opening Mahotsav event. All your efforts I am sure are fully noted by the almighty and will surely serve the future generations in preserving our roots, culture and faith. A special thanks to Shree Nar Narayan Dev. Pithadhipati H.H 1008, Acharya Shree Koshalendraprasadji Maharaj, Sadhguru Mahant Purani Swami Dharmanandan Dasji, and Santo’s from Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj and Ahmedabad for their support in the building of this new Swaminarayan Temple here in Perth. I know that devotees have come from far and wide to make this occasion a memorable one and for this we would like to thank you all for coming and may Lord Shree Swaminarayan shower his blessings on you all. Finally we hope that you find this Souvenir booklet informative, interesting and that it will serve as a useful memento of this auspicious occasion. Jay Shree Swaminarayan

Ravji Gangji Halai President Shree Swaminarayan Temple (Mandir) Perth Australia Inc


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What is a Mandir (temple)

present in the murtis at temples. The atmosphere in the temple is calm, pure and sacred.There are fewer distractions in the temple, this enables one to worship peacefully and form a stronger bond with God.

Lord Swaminarayan recognised that temples would be vital to ensure that the sampraday grew far and wide.

One should attend temple both morning and evening. However, during the day a person comes into contact with numerous evils and commits sins unknowingly.

In all religions, there is always a focal point to ensure that the faith continues and grows in the future. In Hinduism, temples perform a vital role in acting as a focal point in the sampraday. 

Lord Swaminarayan Himself stated that He resides in four places, temples, scriptures, acharyas and saints. The prime reason why one should attend temple is that Lord is ever

By going to the temple in the evening one is able to wash these away by meditation of Almighty God Supreme.

THE SIX

ORIGINAL

A higher quality of worship can be performed in the temple, by taking part in kirtans, dhoon and katha. Therefore, the benefits and rewards are correspondingly higher, than if one is to perform bhakti at home. One should not hesitate in attending temple to take darshan of Lord Swaminarayan. The human mind is fickle and therefore Lord Swaminarayan has stated in the Shikshapatri that one should take immediate action on acts of dharma, such as making donations to God.

TEMPLES

Lord Swaminarayan had six temples constructed in His divine presence. He Himself installed the murtis at the temples that He constructed.  After His departure to Akshardham, as Lord had stated that Acharyas should install murtis of God with Vedic mantras and ceremonies. These temples were constructed at :

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad was the first temple to be constructed. An English collector gave the land during the British Raj.  The deed document was transcribed on to a copper plate, stating that the land would remain under ownership of the Swaminarayan Sampraday for all time.

Anandanand Swami designed the structure of the temple.  Lord Swaminarayan Himself installed the images of Lord NarNarayan Dev in VS 1878 on the 3rd day of the bright half of the month of Falgun (Monday 24th February 1822 AD). 

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Bhuj

The devotees living in Bhuj including Gangaram Mull, Sundarji Suthar and Hirji Suthar requested Lord to construct a temple at Bhuj. Lord instructed Vaishnavanand Swami to construct the temple and again Lord himself installed the murti of Lord NarNarayan Dev in Bhuj on VS 1879 on the 5th day of the bright half of the month of Vaishakh (Friday 15th May 1823 AD). 

Dholera

Punjaji Darbar of Dholera urged Lord to construct a temple in Dholera. Nishkulanand Swami and Adbhutanand Swami constructed the temple.  Lord Swaminarayan installed Shree MadanMohan Dev and Radhikaji in VS 1882 on the 13th day of the dark half of the month of Vaishakh (Saturday 19th May 1826 AD).

Gadhada

Lord Swaminarayan stayed in Gadhada for 25 years. He made Gadhada the centre of the sampraday whilst He was on earth.  It was the deep love and affection of Dadakhachar and his four sisters Jaya (Jivuba), Lalita (Laduba), Panchali and Nanu (Ramabai) that attracted Lord to spend most of His life in Gadhada.  He stayed at the royal residence of Dadakhachar treating it as His personal home. By the request of Dadakhachar and his sisters, Lord constructed a grand temple under His personal supervision and with the assistance of Viraktanand Swami.  At Gadhada temple Lord installed Shree Gopinathji and Radhikaji. The murtis were installed in VS 1885 on the 12th day of the bright half of the month of Ashwin (Saturday 9th October 1828 AD).  The image and murti of Gopinathji Maharaj installed at Gadhada is in the same proportions as the Lord Himself.  Narayanji Suthar was the sculptor of the murti of Gopinathji Maharaj.  Lord Swaminarayan had given him divine vision so that he may see Lord for His measurements even when He was many miles away. 

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Junagadh

Lord constructed a huge temple at Junagadh on land presented by Jinabhai (Hematsinh) Darbar of Panchala. Brahmanand Swami constructed the temple and Lord installed Shree RadhaRaman Dev in VS 1884 on the 2nd day of the bright half of the month of Vaishakh (Friday 1st May 1828 AD).

Vadtal

Devotees of Vadtal including Joban Pagi, Kuberbhai Patel and Ranchodbhai Patel requested Lord to build a huge temple at Vadtal. Brahmanand Swami and Aksharanand Swami designed the Vadtal temple.  Lord Swaminarayan Himself helped in the construction of the Vadtal temple by carrying stones to the site. 

At Vadtal, Lord installed Shree LaxmiNarayan Dev, Shree Ranchodrai Dev and Shree HariKrishna Maharaj (image of Himself) with Shree RadhaKrishna Dev. Lord installed these images in Vadtal in VS 1881 on the 12th day of the bright half of the month of Kartik (Thursday 3rd November 1823 AD). n

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Building

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When building the Gadhada Temple in India, Swaminarayan Bhagwan led the building effort himself. Every time he went to the river to take a bath in the morning and evening he would return with a heavy stone on his head for the foundation.

Building Temples

When building Gadhada Temple in India, Swaminarayan Bhagwan led the building effort himself. Every time he went to the river to take a bath in the morning and evening he would return with a heavy stone on his head for the foundation. When Santo’s and disciples requested for Maharaj to take a rest and leave the work to them, he replied: “so you think this is my work? No, no this is God’s work! This is the work of a Temple.” Today we are grateful that so many Satsangis have carried out the building of Shree Swaminarayan Temple (Mandir) Perth in the same way.

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When Bhagwan and ‘Mota Purush’ join forces with you, all is possible. We have been very fortunate that even today we have elders in our Sampraday that make this possible. Especially the support from Shree Nar Narayan Dev. Pithadhipati H.H 1008, Shree Koshalendraprasadji Maharaj, Sadhguru Mahant Purani Swami Dharmanandan Dasji, Santo’s from Bhuj and Ahmedabad Mandir.

Bhagwan Swaminarayan has truly shown us that this is true in the building of this Swaminarayan Mandir in Perth.

finished we see that Narayan and Laxmiji are truly together in their place of abode in more sense than one.

Satsangis commenced the building construction work with this

Planning and Approvals

Our 10 acre Mandir Site was purchased in December 2007 and whilst the contract negotiations took place, Bhoomi Poojan was carried out in the presence of Swami Harijivan Dasji and Swami Balkrishna Dasji from Bhuj Mandir in February 2008. Continues

Preserving thefuture

Along with the personal dedication, commitment and support from all the members of the Perth Community and the wider financial support from abroad. We today see the fruits of that in this magnificent home for our Ista Dev Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan.

in mind and just $100K in the bank for an estimated total project cost of $2.5M for the new Mandir. Today with the Mandir

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There is a saying in the Hindu culture that states : “Where Narayan is, Laxmi will follow”.

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Following the exchange of contracts an application was made to the City of Swan for change of use enabling construction for a place of worship; this was granted in Novembert 2009. The building licence application was submitted in June 2010 and approval was received in June 2011 from the City of Swan.

that it would allow the electrical, part hydraulic, roof covering, and internal finishes works etc. to be carried out by Seva volunteers thereby providing significant labour saving to the project, with the added benefit of achieving a higher quality of finish and allowing the local community to participate in the construction of our temple.

The building committee and the builder agreed to work The construction of the Mandir together to deliver the project began in mid-2011 with the within the approved budget. selection and appointment of the The protocol for calling, analysis building committee to manage and recommendation of subthe overall construction of the contractor quotations was Mandir project. Where agreed with a minimum

Mandir Construction

Their role was not only to manage design, specification, time, cost and quality, but also to ensure that our sampraday’s ethics and rules were incorporated into the build. This was achieved by consulting with Maharajshree, Santos, Elders and the learned. Various construction contracting options were considered for the Mandir. The pro’s and con’s for each were identified and recorded and from this, Lakeshore Builders Pty Ltd - a member of our community - was appointed on a cost plus contract to carry out the works. One of the reasons for selecting Lakeshore Builders was

trees, was carried out by Seva volunteers. The removal of the larger trees was contracted out to specialist sub-contractor for loping with all suitable material mulched and retained on site for future landscaping. Electrical, communication, drainage and reticulation prelays were carried out prior to the road base and slab sub-base being completed for the Khat Muhurat ceremony on the 8th and 9th of October, 2011.

Narayan is Laxmi will follow of three quotations being obtained for each trade package, thus ensuring competitiveness for each element of the works. In all, over 100 quotes have been received with the most competitive (and capable) tenderers being selected. The works commenced on site in August 2011 with the demolition of the existing shed and general site clearance works, including the removal of manageable

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impetus that was necessary, with the total Khat Muhurat, Murti and Singhasan donations exceeding all expectations with over $700,000 being raised in just 3 hours. Following the completion of the Khat Muhurat ceremony, external footings were concreted. This gave the community the chance to write their names on the foundation stones themselves with the event raising a further $75,000.

Khat Muhurat

The Khat Muhurat ceremony took place in the presence of H.H Acharya 1008 Shree Koshalendraprasadji Maharajshree and Sadhguru Mahant Purani Swami Dharmanandan Dasji, Premprakash Swami, Keshavoprasad Swami and other Santos from Bhuj and Ahmedabad (PP Swami and Ram Swami) as well as guests from Australia and overseas. The event gave the community the moral boost and financial

The services trades then mobilized on site to carry out electrical, communication, security, drainage and pre-lays. The commencement of retaining walls was then initiated with the individuals laying their own foundation bricks in the Mandir base ready for fill, compaction and slab concrete works. Another milestone was achieved prior to the end of Dec 2011 by getting the Mandir slab poured enabling thorough curing of concrete over the Christmas holiday period. Continues next page...

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In January 2012, the concreters mobilised and commenced formation of the concrete tilt panels on site. Once the concrete strengths were achieved, the tilt panels were lifted into place at the end of February in the presence of Swami Madhavaprashad Dasji, Swami Suryaprakash Dasji Swami and other Santos from Bhuj Mandir. Structural steelwork was installed immediately afterwards.

Seva Work

All work from this point onwards had been carried out by Seva workers. This began with the roofing team who brought the works to a water tight stage in only 10 working days. With the metal roof sheeting and box gutters installed, the internal partitions, dry lining, ceiling, doors and window works were commenced together with the first fix electrical, communication, security, mechanical and hydraulic services. All this work has been undertaken by dedicated Seva volunteers who have all given up their weekends and in some instances their time during workdays and after work for the last 9 months. The ceiling design in the temple is a simple but effective design with a centrally located feature octagon with three bulkheads on both sides specifically designed to incorporate the lightings, security, communication, air conditioning vents and ducts without compromising the overall look. The front entrance is complemented

with a bespoke floating timber ceiling suspended from the main ceiling, and acoustic plasterboard has been installed in the ceiling to provide the desired acoustics. All this was carried out by our Seva trades. The integration of the ceiling design with the air conditioning proved to be a challenge, however with both these works

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being carried out by our Seva trades, any problems we faced during the construction were quickly overcome by closely working together cohesively. Special thanks to our resident plumber for running the piping. The ceiling and the walls are also fully insulated to provide a highly efficient energy rated building. Credit to the guys who worked


late into the evenings to put the insulation in, this was not easy wearing masks and eye protection to keep the fine dust particles away.

Where

Narayan is Laxmi will follow

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The top of the internal Mandir walls has paintings of Swaminarayan Bhagwan’s ‘Lila Charitra’, the lower section of the walls are finished with veneer panelling along with hardwood skirting and dado rail complementing the carpet at the front of the Mandir and timber flooring in the back third of the hall.

and commitment of everybody we often managed to do the work of 5 days in just 2. The windows in the Mandir are UPVC doubled glazed with tinted and toughened glass, with a wooden frame finish; these have been donated and installed from within the local community.

The electrical and communication Seva workers in most instances had to wait for other trades to complete their work before they could start their work. Hence, on a number of occasions they had to work late in the evenings or even during the weekdays to ensure their work was completed on time. Their teams turned up as and when required.

The 250sq/m of the timber flooring was laid within a day with volunteers starting at 7am and finishing at 6pm in the evening. The carpentry, joinery and hardware have all been installed by our community members. Although Seva work was mostly carried out at weekends, with the support

The external Mandir veranda and panel arches are finished with a simple but effective architectural design of mouldings from India and locally from Perth. The columns along with the Shikar’s give the Mandir’s its traditional as well as that modern look. The outside veranda floor is tiled and finished off with marble

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balustrading from India. You will now have noticed the theme of Seva in our mandir project; this would not have been completed without our painters and decorators who have done a magnificent job in finishing off the project. They again, had to work during the weekdays to avoid clashes with the other Seva trades,

it was not easy with them often having gone back and touch up after other Seva workers. This is all now a distant memory. The Mandir complex contains a large commercial kitchen and a two bedroom house for Pujari and Santo’s. This too has in the main been completed using local Seva, with kitchen and toilet cabinets being donated from within the community, and with the stone tops being donated from our community members in Geraldton. While the works continued on site, the Murti’s, Shikar’s, Singhasans, front entrance gate, main doors and external mouldings were being sourced from India by


our trustees who made numerous visits to India to place the orders, supervise the progress of works and finally, inspect them before the final shipment. They did all this in their own time and at their own cost. The main Mandir hall is 25m x 32m long and 5.1m high at the centre, the main focus inside the mandir are Bhagwan’s various swaroops with all five deities being installed. The Murti’s made from the finest Makrana Marble have been sourced from Jaipur with the 5 Singhasans made from Burmese Teak being manufactured in Ahmedabad, India.

not have completed this without the support from everybody especially the people who have helped with the heavy labouring task of digging numerous holes for electrical, plumbing and future provisions and then filling these up. Not forgetting our brick layers, they too have done their share in assembling the Shikar’s, constructing the front garden boundary and the children’s play area. Great work. As part of the landscaping work, approx. 700m of footpath has been laid around the site enabling Satsangies to walk around the grounds in the mornings and

evenings, browsing at the flower garden and trees that they have personally planted. . The Mandir site is finished off along the front elevation with the elegant limestone and steel fencing, again donated and installed by our community members. The pink stone gate from Jaipur and the welcoming fountain with Shivji complete with waterfalls (constructed and designed by our Seva trades) provides the Mandir with the authentic entrance to this grand Shree Swaminarayan Temple. The entrance to the Continues next page...

This work was closely supervised by Santo’s from Ahmedabad and Bhuj Mandir. Facing the Singhasan, the Murti’s flowing from left to right include Hanumanji, Ram Parivar, Nar Narayan Dev, Swaminarayan Bhagwan, RadhaKrishna Dev, Ghanshyam Maharaj – in the centre alter, Nar Narayan Dev, Swaminarayan Bhagwan, RadhaKrishna Dev, Surya Narayan Dev Shiv Parivar, Ganeshji and Shivling. The Singhasans have been finished off with curtains designed and manufactured by ladies from our community. This Mandir work has truly been a team effort; we could

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Mandir is surrounded with subtle landscaping. In the overall landscaping plan and provisions for future expansion, recreational facilities have been incorporated for all age groups including a full size open air volleyball court, grassed multi-purpose playing field, shaded sand pit equipped with children’s play equipment, ‘phool vadi’ for flowers, ‘saak vadi’ for vegetable garden, a foot bridge over the existing stream and various footpaths caressing the 10 acre site. All the work needed to be designed and approved by the relevant internal and external stakeholders, and for this we had our own Architects who worked tirelessly to ensure all drawings and details were completed on time to ensure the smooth flow for information for the progression of the works.

this. To add to this, the Mandir has not seen a request for payment for any other items such as water, nasto etc. A true testament to the Perth community to save the mandir whatever we can.

weekends, from 7am til late in the evening. During peak activities we have had 50 – 60 people attending the work.

Time and time again the Seva workers have told us that In total over two hundred a thank you is not necessary, and fifty different people (at the as this work is for ourselves. time of writing this, end of Oct 2012) have carried out Seva in the construction of the mandir, equating to 1200 man days or a total of 9600 hours of work giving an estimated saving in excess of $400,000 for the mandir and this does not include the contractor mark ups and profit. In this there are many who have come to work on the mandir site every weekend since March 2012 till the end of Dec 2012. Putting this in terms of days, that’s over 20

Every Saturday and Sunday teams of ladies from our community gave up their personal time to do their bit for the Mandir by providing early morning nasto and lunch to all the workers. The food throughout the construction period had been donated and we thank those who contributed to

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However a big thank you goes to all of those who have assisted in this once in a life time opportunity to build our Mandir, particularly to those who have consistently attended every week. In closing, just let us remind ourselves why we have built this Swaminarayan Mandir. n


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Murti Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav Shree Swaminarayan Sampraday Sakaahar upaasna ni pushthi kareche,shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan ne tyaag no paksha modogh rakhine upaasna ni vrudhi maate maha mandir ni sthaapan karine tema swahaste NarNarayan Dev, LaxmiNarayan Dev, adhi swarupo ni pratishta kariche. Ane te Parampara ne kayam rakhva, Dharmakul ma acharaya Parampara sthapine, dharmavanshi acharaya dwara sampraday ma nava bandhata mandiro ma murtiyo ni pran prathishta karvano adhikar kayami karyo che. Ane Shikshaptri ma potej swamukhe kayuche je murti ni Pran Prathista dharmavanshi acharya kari hoye, tej murti athvaa swarup pooja karva yogya che, ane eh murtiyo maru swarup che ane tema hu pratayaksha pane virajine, sarva ashritona satvan manoratan puran karis ah pramane apana Swaminarayan Sampraday ma Murti Pran Pratithta Mahotsav no anero Mahatva che.

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What is Murti

? Pran Pratistha

It is a rite by which the consciousness and power of a deity is brought to inhabit the idol of the deity. Thereby,infusing life (pran pratishtha) into the idol (murti). In Hinduism it is only after this rite is properly performed that worship should

be offered to the Murti. Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan bestowed Dharmakul Acharyas (Acharaya Parampara) to perform these rites in every new Swaminarayan Temple.

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Murtis

Lord Swaminarayan incarnated on earth on Monday 9th day of the bright half of the month Chaitra VS 1837 (2 April 1781 AD) in the North Indian village of Chhapaiya, near Ayodhya to parents Dharma-Dev and Bhakti-Mata.

of Our Temple

While on earth, He established ekantik dharma (righteousness, right knowledge, detachment and devotion to God), which had been destroyed many years ago, and He destroyed adharma (irreligiosity). He initiated over 2000 sadhus, of which 500 were initiated as paramhans (highly spiritual). He built temples, and installed murtis, which will always remain on earth. In this way, Bhagwan forever resides on this earth through His sadhus and His murtis. Swaminarayan Bhagwan also wrote and narrated shastras, authenticated ancient shastras, and instructed His sadhus to write shastras.

Ganshyam Maharaj

In his childhood, he was known as ‘Ganshyam’. When only 11 years old, He renounced his family and became a yogi. During his 7 year pilgrimage he

was known as ‘Nilkanth Varni‘. At the age of 18, He ultimately reached His goal by adopting Ramanand Swami as His Guru in the state of Gujarat. Guru Ramanand Swami initiated Nilkanth as a sadhu and gave him the name ‘Sahajanand’. Recognizing Sahajanand’s spiritual greatness and overlooking more senior sadhus, Ramanand Swami ceremoniously installed Sahajanand, at the tender age of 21, as His spiritual successor. After the death of Guru Ramanand Swami, Sahajanand gathered all of His disciples and instructed them to chant the Divine mantra “Om Swaminarayan”. By doing so, He Promised to bear their every burden and to provide them with His strength and guidance. From then onwards He was known as ‘Lord Swaminarayan’. n

Hindu Principal of One God

animal form.

This is a key concept of Hinduism, in that there is only one God. He has many attributes, forms and names.

Different avatars of God all ultimately lead to Almighty God Supreme. One should draw a clear distinction between avatars of God and DemiGods, which are in fact followers of God.

According to the Vedas, God is sakar, has a divine physical form, taking eternal residence in His heavenly abode. For this reason there have been many avatars (reincarnations) of God over time in human and

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Demi-Gods are controllers of the universe and its elements. God can be seen in many different incarnations, but this one God has three main representations. Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver and Shiva, the Destroyer.


Shree Nar Narayan Dev

Shree Hanumanji

Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan

Shree Radha Krushna Dev

Shree Ram Parivar - Laxman, Lord Ram and Sitaji

Shree Surya Narayan Dev

Shree Shiv Parivar

Shree Ganeshji

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About There was once a demonic man called Kunchi who did penance upon Lord Brahma and pleased Him. As a result Lord Brahma gifted Kunchi a boon. Kunchi first requested to live forever, but was denied this request because even Lord Brahma could not live forever. So Kunchi requested to have 1000 protective shields. He would lose one shield, when one being had completed penance for 1000 years and then fought Kunchi for another 1000 years. In order to take away all of Kunchi’s protective shields and kill him, one would have to continuously repeat the cycle of penance and fighting. Knowing that he was invincible, he became selfish and wanted

Lord Krishna was born in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh region of India, at midnight, on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Shravan approximately 5000 years ago. Lord Krishna was born to Vasudev and Devaki.

Radha

to rule the world. All the DemiGods pleaded to Lord Vishnu to help resolve the situation. To resolve the problem, Lord Vishnu reincarnated Himself into two separate beings, these being Lord Nar and Lord Narayan. Lord Nar and Lord Narayan were born to Dharmadev and Murtidevi, but were born as young men (they had nochildhood) at Narayan Ghat

Nar

Narayan

along the banks of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. As soon as they were born, Lord Narayan started penance for 1000 years and then went to fight Kunchi for 1000 years. Whilst Lord Narayan was fighting Kunchi, Lord Nar started His Penance. After Lord Narayan had fought for 1000 years, Lord Nar went to fight Kunchi and Lord Narayan started another 1000 years of penance. This continued until Kunchi was left with one final protective shield. At this point Kunchi realised that if he

destroyer would be the eighth child born to his sister. Kans had imprisoned Vasudev and Devaki, and had killed all seven children born to Devaki. On the birth of their eighth child, Lord Krishna, Vasudev miraculously escaped from jail and went to Gokul. Here he exchanged the newborn Lord Krishna with Yogamaya, daughter of Yasoda and Nand and returned to jail.

Krushna

One of the main reasons was for Lord Krishna’s incarnation was to kill the evil demon Kans, His mama. Kans

had

known

that

his

continued to fight he would be killed, so retreated to Lord Surya and begged for protection. Lord Nar went to fight Kunchi, as it was His turn to fight him, but could not get to him as Lord Surya protected him. As a result Lord Nar and Lord Narayan went back to their heavenly abode, Badrikashram. Many centuries later Kunchi reincarnated as Karna, the son of Kuntaji. But because Karna still

Kans found out that the eighth

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Dev

had one gifted life left from his previous incarnation as Kunchi, he was born with a protective shield. In order to kill Karna, this shield had to be removed. Lord Narayan was incarnated as Lord Krishna and Lord Nar was incarnated as Arjun. As it was the turn of Lord Nar to fight Kunchi, Arjun was the one that killed Karna. This is illustrated in the epic Mahabharat. n

child had been born to Devaki and tried to kill Yogamaya, but she escaped. Kans did not know that Lord Krishna had taken birth and was safe with Yasoda in Gokul. Lord Krishna grew up in Gokul living with Yasoda


and Nand. He was surrounded by thousands of devotees, Gopis and friends.

artistic purposes, but actually had a dark complexion, hence the name Shyam.

At a young age Lord Krishna had a personal fondness of the flute, admiration of cows and the taste of curd. Lord Krishna is often depicted in a blue complexion for

On growing up He left for Mathura where He killed Kans in battle in the Dhanush Yagna. Lord Krishna then left Mathura and went to Dwarika in Gujarat with

Hanuman is the son of the Vaayu, Wind God and his mother was Anjani. He was the Chief Commander of King Sugreeva’s army. Hanuman is a celibate Brahmin and is learned in yoga, medicine and the Vedas. Hanuman is in the form of a monkey, representing the Hindu concept that animals are also God’s creation. He possesses enormous strength, valour and courage.

Ram

Hanumanji

Hanuman is the ever present and single-minded servant of God. He served Lord Ram in the conquest to overcome and kill the demon Ravana. Today, Hanuman is revered throughout Hinduism for his strength, courage and ardent devotion to Almighty God Supreme. Dharmadev, father

The reason for the incarnation of Lord Ram was to kill the demon Ravana, who was causing havoc and distress to society. The conquest of Ravana re-established peace, righteousness and harmony on earth. Lord Ram was married to Sita, the daughter of King Janaka.

Parivar

Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh region of India. Lord Ram incarnated on earth hundreds of thousands of years ago, during the treta yug. He was born at midday, on the 9th day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra.

Lord Ram was born to King Dasaratha and Queen Kaushaliya. King Dasaratha was married to three Queens, Kaushaliya mother of Lord Ram, Kaikai mother of Bharat and Sumitra mother of Laxman and Shatrughna. Lord Ram was the eldest brother.

His followers. During His life He had thousands of beloved Gopis, but Radha was His true consort. Lord Krishna played a vital part in the Mahabharat, being the personal charioteer of Arjun where, along with the other Pandav brothers, He defeated the evil Prince Duryodhan and his brothers. n

When offeritng his daughter in

of Lord Swaminarayan, revered Hanuman. Hanuman came to help Lord Swaminarayan and His family on numerous occasions. n

marriage, King Janaka had invited many kings and princes from far offplaces to his palace. Janaka had offered the hand of his daughter to the Prince that would break the mighty bow of Lord Shiva. Many Princes failed including the demon Ravana. Only Lord Ram was able to break the mighty bow of Lord Shiva and thus became Sita’s bridegroom. The great epic Ramayan tells the life story of Lord Ram. n

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About

Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. When Lord Shiva left home and went to the remote peak of Mount Kailash, he left behind his wife Parvati. He sat for many years in deep meditation and at home Parvati was depressed in the absence of Lord Shiva.

Shiva chopping Ganesh’s head off, which travelled into distant space. Lord Shiva told Parvati what he had done and realised that the boy he killed was actually his son.

annoyed with Lord Shiva. In remorse, Lord Shiva gave Ganesh blessings that he will be worshipped first in any ceremony that will be undertaken from now on.

Ganeshji

To fill the missing companionship of Shiva, Parvati with the will of Lord Shiva created a son with the qualities of both parents. This child was named Ganesh. However, Lord Shiva was not aware of the existence of Ganesh. When Lord Shiva at last returned from Mount Kailash, he found himself barred from his own home by an unknown boy claiming to be the son of Parvati. Ganesh had been told by Parvati not to let anyone into the house whilst she was bathing. A quarrel began between Lord Shiva and Ganesh, which eventually ended with Lord

Ganesh has great spiritual

In grief, he ordered his attendants to bring the head of the first living creature they saw. Obeying Lord Shiva’s commandment they returned with the head of an elephant. Taking the head, Lord Shiva placed it on to the body of Ganesh and brought him back to life, thus Ganesh is depicted with an elephant’s head. Because of his role as protector of Parvati’s door, he is associated, in Hindu culture, with protecting door entrances. Parvati did not like the appearance of Ganesh, now with the elephant head, and was

significance for Hindus. He is considered to be a remover of obstacles and represents wisdom and perfection. We worship Ganesh before commencing any new chapter in life, bringing good luck and defeating evil. n

ShivParivar Shiva is the God of the yogis, deity of death and destruction, without which growth and rebirth could not take place.

Shiva has a third eye on the centre of his forehead, opens only when he is extremely angry and has destructive powers. His matted hair carries the Goddess Ganga down to earth. Shiva’s consort is Parvati, daughter of the Himalayas.

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Lord Shiva is conceived in his unborn, invisible form as the Shiva-lingam, a black stone. This main symbol of Shiva is worshipped in virtually every Hindu Temple and home. n


God Surya can be called the only God in Hindu religion who can be seen and prayed to in daily life. The Surya is depicted as having a body as shiny and radiant as pure gold. He is believed to be a golden red man with three eyes and four arms riding a chariot driven by seven white horses.

by providing all radiance and energy. He by mounting the wheel of time is also the one who is responsible for the beautiful seasons and causing the

Surya

Narayan

The chariot harnessed by seven horses represent the seven colours of the rainbow or the seven chakras. Surya is the life giver sustaining all life on earth

cycle of day and night.

Dev

Surya is depicted with two hands holding a lotus in both; sometimes he has four hands holding a lotus, chakra, a conch (Shell) and mace. n

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LORD

SWAMINARAYAN

Lord Swaminarayan possessed divine qualities and mannerisms.

His personality was truly special. Lord Swaminarayan was very jovial with all satsangis and saints. He would often joke with others and engage in playful activities. Lord Swaminarayan had different and unusual ways of sitting. During sabha Lord Swaminarayan had a habit of sitting with His leg over His thigh. When He ate He always sat facing north or east, with His right leg raised, upon which He rested His right arm and with His left leg flat on the floor. Whilst He sat He would stroke the creases (Urdhvarekhas) in His feet using His first and second finger. When He sneezed or coughed He would always place

Lord Swaminarayan has been and always will be described as being beautiful in His appearance. He is described in every Vachnamrit as to what He was wearing e.g. a white turban, a garland of white flowers etc. This depiction, which has been written down by honourable saints enables satsangis to visualise the divine image of Lord Swaminarayan. All Swaminarayan temples have images of Lord Swaminarayan. This helps the satsangis to be closer to God by meditation and imagining what Lord Swaminarayan would be wearing in Akshardham. a handkerchief over His mouth and nose, and would chant ‘Hare…Hare…Hare…’ after doing so. When He got up after sitting down He would chant, Jay Sachidanand or Jay Swaminarayan. Since Lord Swaminarayan performed a lot of gatherings (sabhas), this was the best opportunity for people to see His unique manners and habits. During sabhas, He would use a tulsi mala one bead at a time or maybe two beads at a time or

Lord’s Lotus Feet - Cheens

The Lord has sixteen symbolic icons on His Lotus Feet, with nine cheens on His right foot and seven on His left foot. These cheens are unique to Almighty God and no other human being on the earth possesses such features. One can recognise Almighty God Supreme by observing His divine Lotus Feet. One gains guidance and help to the path of righteousness and salvation through meditating and focusing upon the Lotus Feet of Lord. Nishkulanand Swami examined the qualities of each cheen. One achieves the following results of the mind and soul through meditation upon each cheen.

sometimes He would just play with the mala. He would often put cold lemons or mogra flowersto His eyes and nose to cool and soothe them. During His sabhas or on travelling, if He saw poor and sick people, He would show extreme compassion towards them and He would give away His precious belongings without hesitation. When satsangis arrived for darshan, the Lord would always ask their names, where they were from and asked after their well being. In sabhas when saints were singing kirtans, He would join in and sway with the rhythm of the singing and the sound of musical instruments. When Lord became extremely pleased with satsangis or saints, He would get in the middle of the sabha and lovingly embrace those sparkling individuals. Lord Swaminarayan had a very brisk and elegant style of walking. People walking with Him would struggle to keep up with Him. n

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RIGHT FOOT SWASTIK: It is a sign of good luck. The person who meditates upon the icon of Swastik ultimately attains Moksha. Where they enjoy the ultimate bliss of Akshardham ASHTAKON: A devotee who meditates this foot mark

of the Lord Shree Hari attains fruits of ASTANG YOGA. He is easily able to overcome hardship arising from the elements of the universe.

ANKUSH: The mind and heart of a human is termed as elephant because it is very difficult to control it. The person who meditates on this cheen controls the elephant-like mind of his just like a mahout controls the elephant using an ankush

PADMA: The characteristics of Lotus flower,

eventhough it remains in contaminated water however remains aloof from it. In the same way a devotee stays in world but never gets attached to it and does not fall prey

KETU: All desires perish, denounces worldly happiness and attain Akshardham, the dwelling place of the lord.

URDHVAREKHA: The devotee

attains URDHVAGATI and thus attains the dwelling place of Purna Purshottam Narayan, the ultimate form of all the incarnations.

VAJRA: His all sins are destroyed and then his heart and soul are able to concentrate in the ultimate form of Shreeji JAMBU: Who meditates on the Jambu ( blackberry ) foot mark of Maharaj, never gets entangled in this materialistic misery of the world and his heart experience the divine oneness with the ultimate form of the Lord JAV: Whoever meditates on the barley grain

foot mark of the Lord, his sins get destroyed. He always experience all kinds of desirable worldly luxuries. Moreover he realizes the true nature of Atma and Paramatma.

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LEFT FOOT MATSYA: Permanent and inseparable bond with Maharaj

is developed in the devotees heart. The devotee can’t live without the devotion to Lord in the same way that a Matsya (fish) canot live without water.

TRIKON: The three forms of suffering, being mental suffering, suffering imposed by other beings and natural hardships are all eliminated.

GAUPAD: Gaupad represents the footprints of a cow. The devotee is able to break away from the cycle of birth and death, in the same way that one is able to easily stride over the footprint of a cow

DHANUSH: The devotee who meditates

on the Cheen of Dhanush overcomes all his inner enemies and never gets disturbed by other insignificant desires of this world

VYOM: The heart remains pure

and does not get polluted by worldly objects and pleasures, in the same way that space remains pure. Moreover,the devotee becomes separated, free from all sins and ego. He develops universal sight (not covered by any limits).

ARDHACHANDRA: State of

calmness attained in the heart at all times, in the same way that the moon always appears calm and at peace. The devotee’s heart is overflowed with bhakti just like the moon afects the ocean.

KALASH: The soul willing to attain Akshardham

ultimately attains it by observing the cheen of kalash (the holy pot). This pot is full of amrut (nectar), and the one who drinks this nectar becomes the immortal of the Akshardham.

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ACHARYA

PARAMPARA

In a village called Ashlali, Lord Swaminarayan thought of having a religious link of Acharyas in the sampraday, which he presented to the devotees in Jetalpur. Therefore on savant 1882 Kartik sud 11 (ekadashi), in Vadtal he divided his throne of sampradaay in to two. The son of his elder brother

Rampratapbhai Shri Ayodhyaprasadji maharaj was given the Amdavad desh of Narnarayan dev, and the son of younger brother Ichharambhai, Shri Raghuvirji Maharaj was given the Vadtal desh of Shri Laxminarayan dev.

1. Shri Narayan Bhagwan 2. Shri Mahalaxmiji 3. Shri Vishvaksen 4. Shri Shathari Swami (Shri Shathkop Swami) 5. Shri Naath Muni 6. Shri Pradynetra Swami (Shri Pundri Kaksh Swami) 7. Shri Raammishra Swami 8. Shri Yamuna Acharya 9. Shri Mahaapurna Swami 10.Shri Yatindra (Shri Ramanujacharya) 11. Sadguru Shri Ramanand Swami 12. Bhagwan Shri Swaminarayan

Shri Narnarayan Dev (Amdavad Desh)

Shri Laxminarayan Dev (Vadtal Desh)

13. Adhya Shri Ayodhyaprasadji Maharaj

13. Adhya Acharya Shri Raghuvirji Maharaj

14. Acharya Shri Keshavprasadji Maharaj

14. Acharya Shri Bhagwatprasadji Maharaj

15. Acharya Shri Purshotamprasadji Maharaj

15. Acharya Shri Viharilalji Maharaj

16. Acharya Shri Vasudevprasadji Maharaj

16. Acharya Shri Laxmiprasadji Maharaj

17. Acharya Shri Devedraprasadji Maharaj

17. Acharya Shri Pratiprasadji Maharaj

18. Acharya Shri Tejendraprasadji Maharaj

18. Acharya Shri Anandprasadji Maharaj

19. Present Acharya Shri Kaushlendraprasadji Maharaj

19. Acharya Shri Narendraprasadji Maharaj 20. Acharya Shri Ajendraprasadji Maharaj 21. Acharya Shri Rakeshprasadji Maharaj

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KOSHALENDRAPRASADJI

MAHARAJ

Sanatan Dharma Dhurandar Acharya Maharaj Shree 1008 Koshalendraprasadji Maharaj (October 1971 - Present) is the current Acharya of the NarNarayan Dev Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday (15 October 2004 - Present) He is the 7th spiritual successor of Swaminarayan in the North Diocese. The establishment of Shri NarNarayan Dev Yuvak Mandal (NNDYM) has been one of his major achievements. Festivals have been celebrated on a scale never seen before in the Sampraday under his able leadership. Another of his initiatives has been the Jai Shree Swaminarayan television serial that has been broadcasted throughout the world. According to the followers of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, Acharya Shree Koshalendraprasadji Maharaj is very humble. His philosophy of working centres on the principle that everything can be achieved if we surrender ourselves to the lotus feet of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Pictured: H.H. Mota Maharajshree Tejendra Prasadji Maharaj in his active role to promote and propagate Swaminarayan faith.

All tasks, no matter how daunting they may seem at first, can be fruitful and filled with utmost success if performed with Bhagwan Swaminarayan in mind.

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Be Human first, then Religious

Pictured: Lalji Maharaj performing Aarti Pooja in the company of Santos and Hari Bhaktos

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MAHANT

SWAMI

Sadguru Swami Premprakashdasji

Sadguru Purani Swami Keshavprasaddasji

Sadguru Parshad Kothari Jadavjibhagat

Sadguru Swami Niranmuktdasji

Sadguru Swami Bhaktivallabhdasji

Sadguru Swami Krushnaprasaddasji

Sadguru Purani Swami Shriharidasji

Sadguru Swami Mukundjivandasji

Sadguru Swami Bhagvatjivandasji

Swami Vishvaprakashdasji

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Purani Swami Madhavprasaddasji

Shastri Swami Aksharprakashdasji

Swami Krushnapriyadasji

Shastri Swami Narayanmunidasji

Swami Nilkanthswarupdasji

Shastri Swami Devcharandasji

Shastri Swami Krushnaswarupdasji

Purani Swami Santswarupdasji

Swami Ghanshyamjivandasji

Swami Anandswarupdasji

Swami Anandvallabhdasji

Swami Purshottamcharandasji

Swami Nirbhaycharandasji

PuraniSwami Purshottamswarupdasji

Purani Swami Bhaktinandandasji

Swami Ghanshyamkeshavdasji

Swami Divyaswarupdasji

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Hindu

Festivals

1. MAKAR SANKRANTI

Makar Sankranti is also known as Uttarayan. On this day one should try and control the Antashatrus as in keep control of lust, anger, greed etc. On this day people make mithay (sweets), feed grass to cows and carry out many good deeds. Feeding grass to a cow on this day yields huge amount of punyas (benediction), and any good deed carried out on this day is said to multiply its value by thousands, in the amount of

punyas yielded. On this day religion loving people make ladoos made of sesame seeds and jaggery, which are then donated to people who are less fortunate than them. Sankranti occurs in January, at which time the sky is clear and very bright. When looked at the sky  has the effect of soothing the mind. In order to encourage people to do darshan of this beautiful sky, a kite

flying festival is held. Kites of all different colours and shapes are flown by people from all different walks of life. On this day we should pray to Maharaj that our kite (life) does not waver. We have given the kite string to Him to hold and guide us. n

2. VASANT PANCHAMI

This is the auspicious day when Lord Swaminarayan completed compiling the divine Shikshapatri on the 5th day of bright half of the month of Maha in Vikram Samvat 1882. Vasant Panchami also marks the start of the spring season in India. n

3. MAHA SHIVRATRI

Maha Shivratri means “the night of Lord Shiva” and falls on Falgun Vad Chaudas. This day is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva, and marks his marriage to Parvatiji. In Shikshapatri, Bhagwan Swaminarayan states that Vedas declare Narayan and Shiva to be equal, as Lord Narayan is the protector of life while Lord

Shiva is the destroyer. Moreover the 4 Vedas state that the two are considered to be one. They share a single body and soul, just as a husband and his wife have the same body and soul. Shreemad Bhagvad states that those that see Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as one being attain peacefulness. Because of this great significance, Shivrati is regarded as equally important as Ram Navami and Janmashtami,

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and a fast is observed on this day. The reason behind this can be found in the Mahabharat within the story of King Chitrabhanu and his previous life. As the king sat in his palace, observing the fast along with the entire town, a sage asked the king the purpose of his fast. The king went on to explain that he had a gift – that which enabled him to remember incidents from his previous lives. In


his last life, the king was a hunter in Varanashi and he made his keep by killing and going on to sell birds and animals.

fast when a stranger approached him. Out of courtesy, he stood up, offered the food to the stranger and then sat to eat again.

Shikshapatri to offer Lord Shiva leaves from the Bilva tree – bilva leaves because they are symbolic of the trident that Lord Shiva holds.

On one particular occasion, he was out venturing the forest, when darkness fell. He was unable to return home and sought to find shelter for the night, such was his luck that he found a Bilva tree, which he climbed and rested.

At the time of his death, he was visited by two messengers of Lord Shiva, sent especially from Kailash, and it was only then that he learnt of his unconscious worship to the great deity on the night of Shivratri. For as he wept and dropped leaves to the ground, little did he know that there was a Lingam just beneath, and with the drop of each leaf, he shed the pure sorrow of his family, and he also fasted day and night, although he did not realise it, simply through the absence of food.

By making this offering, one can improve on their after life, and are able to attain anything in this life and the next, however not moksha, as only Bhagwan Swaminarayan himself is able to free you from the eternal cycle of life and death.

He had caught a deer, and so tied it at the foot of the tree. Anxiety refused to leave his mind that night, as he continuously worried what his poor family would eat. Without realising, he began to pluck leaves from the tree and dropped them to the ground beneath him. The next morning, having sold the deer and bought food for the family, he returned home and was about to break his

As a result, the king spent a blissful time in the divine abode of Lord Shiva, before returning to be reborn as the King Chitrabhanu. Bhagwan Swaminarayan also instructs householders in the

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Hindu

Festivals

4. HOLI

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit,also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or

Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.

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Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna(February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. n


5. RAM NAVAMI / HARI JAYANTI On the day of Chaitra Sud Navami, Samvat 1837, at 10.10pm, all the planets were at its usual positions and Vasant season was ongoing. It is in this circumstances that Almighty Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan was born to Bhaktidevi and Dharmapita in order to uproot unrighteousness and establish Ekantik Dharma for the benefit of millions and millions of souls.

On this very special day, all Satsangis should do an Upwaas. All Swaminarayan Mandirs worldwide carry out the Birthday aarti at about 10.10pm and then distrubute the prasadi of panchamrut and pinjaari.

Therefore we should do the aarti of Bhagwan at 12 noon on Chaitra Sud Navami. Swaminarayan Bhagwan has emphasised his followers to do the Ram Navami Vrat in both Shikshapatri and Satsangi Jeevan. n

On the same day in Tretayug, Shree Ramchandra Bhagwan was born to Kaushalyamaa and Dashrath Raja at 12 noon.

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6. RATHA YATRA The day fall on Ashad Sud Bij. This special occasion of Ratha Yatra is given alot of significance and Shreeji Maharaj explained the way to celebrate this occasion in Satsangi Jeevan. Maharaj says

that a beautifully decorated chariot is placed infront of Krishna Bhagwans Murti, and the Murti should be wearing yellow and red garments (waagaa). Also, weapons like bows, arrows and

swords are supposed to be placed in front of the Murti to please Bhagwan. A small Murti of BalKrishna Bhagwan is placed in the Ratha (chariot) and devotional songs of Rath Yatra are sung. n

7. CHATURMAS

What do we mean by Chaturmas? This is a period of four months namely Ashadh, Shravan, Bhadarvo and Aaso (monsoon period). It starts on Devshayani Ekadashi in the month of Ashadh and ends on Prabodhini Ekadashi in the month of Kartik. The significance of Chaturmas is to observe extra penance, engage in extra devotion aati and control over sense gratification etc.

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Hindu

Festivals

The following are the best methods of observances to be adopted and followed daily as rules: 1.    Reading religious scriptures 2.    Listening to religiuos scriptures 3.    Reciting songs in praise of his divine qualities 4.    Performing Mahapuja of the Lord’s images

CHATURMAS Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan writes in the Shikshapatri: All my disciples shall take a vow to observe additional austerity during the four months of monsoon (beginning from the eleventh day of the bright half of Ashadsh month and ending on the twelfth day of the bright half of Kartik month ) and those who are unable to do so, may serve at least during the month of Shravan.

5.    Chanting his Mantra 6.    Reciting his hymns 7.    Performing Pradikshana 8.    Prostrating before God’s image. Along with the observances of daily religious austerities, my disciples shall choose any one of the above methods as additional devotion practice during Chaturmas and follow it daily with deep devotion (Shiktapatri shloka 76-78) & Satsangi Jivan; 2 : 41-43 n Featured Advertisement

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signifies Maya or our worldly life. The supporting wooden beam signifies Ishwar. Shreemad Bhagwad Gita says that Ishwar runs this wheel of the well of life. The Hindola is hung by four ropes signifying Dharma, Artha, Kama and Mokahs, the fourfold activities of human life. These ropes are hung from two metallic rings which signify Purusha and Prakruti. The base of the Hindola signifies the earth.

8. HINDOLA UTSAV

When Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan had completed 32 days after His manifestation upon the earth, His parents Dharmadev and Bhaktimata celebrated the festival of Dolarohan (i.e. placing the child for the first time in a cradle and rocking the cradle). It was the eleventh day of the bright half of the month Vaishakh. The cradle was tastefully and luxuriously decorated.The cradle was rocked fondly by all the members of the family.

Nishkulanand Swami. It was painted with artistic designs. It had twelve doors. It was brought to Jnan Baug at Vadtal. A strong wooden beam was supported by two mango trees. The Hindola was hung by ropes. The Hindola had twelve doors. The ropes and the Hindola were tastefully decorated with flowers. A silken thread was tied to the Hindola and Shree Muktanand Swami was first to gently rock the Hindola while singing an appropriate song composed by him.

This tradition of rocking the cradle later on was transferred to the tradition of rocking the swing (Hindola) for a holy person, an incarnation of God or God Himself. The Hindola is hung on a beam of wood and the rope or the chain is profusely woven with multicoloured and fragrant flowers. At times the Hindola is box-type with many doors. This Hindola is also tastefully painted and coloured.

Thousands of devotees had gathered and all of them wanted to see Shree Hari and to offer garlands. So, Shree Hari assumed twelve forms and appeared at all the twelve doors at the same time. It was too difficult for all the devotees to garland Shree Hari personally. So Shree Hari stretched His stick on which He accepted the garlands!

Such a Hindola was skillfully made

Like many of the Hindu festivals, this festival is symbolic. The Hindola

of wood by Shree

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The twelve doors are symbolic of the twelve months. The fragrant and colourful flowers signify virtues and good conduct in life. Hindola when swung goes up and down, signifying the ups and downs in life. If one occupies the Hindola of worldly life and rocks it for a longer time, one gets giddiness, falls down and has fractures. But one really enjoys the Hindola of life only when Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan sits near him as Narayan or one realizes the fact that Shree Hari is in his heart as Antaryami.The silken thread is the thread of Prana. If pulled slowly and softly one enjoys Hindola of life but pulled to extreme means catastrophe! Shravan is the holy month when light, occasional showers make the atmosphere very pleasant. The crops are almost ready in the fields, filling the hearts of farmers with delight. They now want to please God for His grace. And what would be a better way of expressing gratitude than to rock Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan in a Hindola! After all, the festival of Hindola inspires us to rock our beloved Lord Swaminarayan in our heart! n


Hindu

Festivals

9. JANMASHTAMI According to the legends, the birth of Lord Krishna took place under extraordinary circumstances. Krishna was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who came to the world to get rid of all evil demons. He was born at midnight stroke on a dark, rainy night to ‘Devaki’ and ‘Vasudev’ who had been imprisoned by Devaki’s brother Kansa. It had been foretold that the eighth son of Devaki would kill the evil king Kansa. Upon hearing this prophesy, Kansa had his sister put into prison. He killed her seven children one by one but when Krishna was born, there was divine intervention to save the life of baby Krishna. The guards had fallen into deep slumber and were unable to inform their master about the newborn child.

A voice commanded Vasudev to take the baby to Gokul and exchange with the newborn baby Nanda with Nanda’s child the shackles fastened and the doors closed and the guards awakened. Kansa came and picked up the child to hurl it to the wall and kill him but somehow the baby slipped from his grasp and took the form of a Goddess laughing at Kansa, she vanished after telling him that the one who would kill him had already taken birth and was elsewhere. and Yashoda. The shackles and the prison gates opened miraculously and Vasudev carried the child in a small basket, through the waters of Yamuna. As it was a dark stormy night, the waters of Yamuna were raging but parted to let the carrier of the divine Krishna pass. A huge snake known as Adisesha, glided behind them, its hoods formed a protective canopy over the child When Vasudev returned back

As a little boy, Krishna was the heartbeat of Gokul, a mischievous prankster who was favorite amongst the gopikas. He used to steal curd and butter from the houses of gopikas. Even though he was a child, he performed several miracles. His exploits are now the immortal legends of Braj. He killed a number of ‘asuras’(devils), vanquished the Kali Nag and later he killed Kansa as it had been. n

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10. RUSHI PANCHAMI

Badarva Sud 5 is the day of Rushi Panchmi. This day’s austerity should definitely be observed by women. Those ladies undergoing the menstrual cycle can knowingly or unknowingly touch household materials making it impure. According to our scriptures, this is considered very sinful and one attains Naraka (Hell), but if these ladies carry out the Rushi Panchmi Vrat, they immediately destroy their sins, gain good fate, attain wealth, salvation and remove obstacles. Women on

11. DIWALI

Deepawali to many is known as Diwali. It is philosophically called ‘the festival of lights’. Children’s hearts are at tide of cooling effects. There are lines of lamps in every house. They appear so fine, as they are lines of shining pearls, as if it is the ocean of pearls! And in this ocean swims this place called Earth.

The Diwali festival spans over several days and consists of the festivals of Dhan Teras, Kali Chaudas, Laxmi Poojan, Diwali, Ankut and Bhai Beej.

On Dhan Teras houses are

decorated with candles and cows are colourfully decorated. The main decoration in a house is covering the doorstep with Rangoli patterns to welcome guests.

Kali Chaudas has been specially nominated for Hanuman and pooja is offered to him on this day. Coconuts and sweetballs, made from sesame seeds are offered to Hanuman at temple and at home. Diwali originally

the menstrual cycle refrain from touching humans and vessels for 3 days and bathe on the 4th day to become pure. On this day, bathing in a lake or ocean and then performing one daily prayers, one should offer and perform Pujan to the Lord with scented flowers, incense fragrance, lighting a lamp and food thereafter offering sweet fruits. One should remember the 7 Rishis; Kashyap, Atri, Bhardwaaj, Vishwamitra, Gautam, Jamdagni, Vashistha and request their

comes from the Sanskrit word

“Deepavali”, which means a

row of lights. Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya on Diwali after being exiled for a period of fourteen years. He returned to Ayodhya with Sita and Laxman. At the time, people of Ayodhya lit lamps to mark the home coming of Lord Ram. Laxmi poojan is performed on the day of Diwali. Prayers are offered to the Goddess of Wealth, Laxmiji, so that one may gain prosperity. All throughout the world, Hindus light fireworks to mark the last day of the Vikram Samvat year.

Annakut falls of the day after Diwali. Annakut literally means ‘grand offering to God’. In our society and religion, grand celebrations take place on this day. In Gokul, it was a tradition to offer these as

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blessings by offering prayers to them. One should consume vegetables, semolina and other items suitable for Vrat or perform a full fast and observe celibacy. A man who performs this austerity as described gains merit of all Pilgrimages as well as all types of Charitable deeds and a woman gains happiness and beauty. This Vrat of Rushi Panchmi is very great giver of wealth, diminishes all sins of women who observe it and giver of fame and glory. n

thanks giving to Lord Indra (deity of rain). In Nandbaba’s home these preparation had started. Bal Krishna questioned what’s the purpose for this preparation ? “It has been tradition to thank Indra, who graces us with rain,” replied Nandababa. Bal Krishna pointed that it’s his duty, so why do we thank him. Krishna explained that, we are “cowherds” we need to appreciate Gowardhan which gives our cattle with fodder, eventually from milk we get ghee, yoghurt etc. So why praise Indra instead of Gowardhan. On hearing this every one was convinced, eventually they all offered Pooja to Gowardhan.


Through Gowardhan, Lord then availed all the food. When Indra discovered this, his Pooja had been stopped and instead offered to Gowardhan, he unleashed his wrath by deluging Gokul with rain to destroy. To shelter the residents and cattle’s of Gokul, Shree Krishna raised Gowardhan solely on his little finger. Since then these sentiment have been consolidated by offering Gowardhan Pooja, which is

also known as Annakut. ‘Anna’ meaning food while ‘kut’ meaning mountain. Today in Swaminarayan Sampradaay this Poojan is offered, done in the temples ahead to the Deities. A vast array of vegetarian food is arranged in steps in front of Deities. This “Thal” is also called “Chhapan Bhog” meaning 56 different food items, but today it has no limits. It may be more than 56 items. After the arrangements,

a long Thal is sung and Aarti is performed. On Bhai-Beej sisters show their love and gratitude for their brothers. The sister invites her brothers to have a special meal at her home. This is to show the sister’s appreciation for all the gifts and help she receives from her brothers. n

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12. TULSI VIVAH

This day marks the marriage of Bhagwan with Tulsiji. The daughter of Kushdhvaj, Vrinda was married the son of ocean, Jaaldhar. Vrinda was very beautiful, virtuous wife (pativrata). This made Jaaldhar very powerful and he started harassing kings all over the world. He also challenged Shivji to engage in a fight with him. Shivji, unable to attain victory, pleaded Vishnu to do something, and the only way to sort this out was to break the pativrata dharma of Vrinda.

When Vrinda came to know about this, she cursed Bhagwan to become stones. Vishnu hence got the form of stones known as Shaalgram. But Laxmiji was also angry after looking at her husband’s form, so she cursed Vrinda to become a tree. This tree was known as Tulsi. Bhagwan then promised Tulsi that because he killed her husband, he will marry her every year. n

So Vishnu Bhagwan took the form of Jaaldhar and stayed with her. In this way, she broke her Pativrata dharma, and on the other hand Jaaldhar was killed by Shivji.

13. DHANURMAS

Dhanurmas starts on December 16th and ends on January 14th. This designation is given to a period of one month from when the sun enters the Dhanur rashi (Sagitarius) till the 14th of January. Great glory is attached to serving food to Brahmins and devotees during this month. In the period the sun shifts from the Dhanur rashi till Makar Sankranti, the Samhita advocates bhakti by celebrating Adhyayan, Mokshada and Vun Mahotsavs. Adhyayan Festival The Lord’s murti is offered pujan. Then the four Vedas, and Vedangas are recited. Every morning during Dhanurmas, at around sunrise shiro of mung and sweets made from milk are offered to the Lord. tSince Adhyayan refers to study of scriptures, they are arranged in the following directions: Rg-Veda in the east, Atharva in the north, Yajur Veda in the south, Saam Veda in the west, Ramayan-Mahabharat in the south-east, Stotras in the south-west, Dharma Shastra in the north-west, poetic literature written in Prakrut in the north-east.

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DHANURMAS

The month of Magshar is considered the morning period of the Devas and therefore sattvic. Therefore this festival boosts the sattvik attributes of aspirants. Every morning during Dhanurmas the Lord is bathed with nine water-pots. He is then offered pujan, garments, mung shiro and milk sweets. The Vedas and other scriptures listed above are recited in all 8 directions.

He is then brought into the mandap (hall) through the northern door and placed on a seat. Pujan is offered using the 16 pujadravyas while chanting stotras. He is then placed in the palanquin. And after two circumambulations reinstalled in the mandir. n

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Hindu 1. AARTI

Rituals

The aarti is a form of worship and is one of the most prominent rituals in the Sanatan Dharma. The aarti is performed by gently waving lighted wicks, soaked in ghee before the murti of Bhagwan, together with the ringing of bells, the beating of drums, and a song that praises Him. The flame is held either in both hands or in the right hand and gently waved around

the Murti of Bhagwan. The flame is waved in a clockwise direction: first, it is waved around Bhagwan’s feet four times, then the belly twice, then the face once, and then seven times around the entire body. Once the aarti is complete, a conch shell is used to offer water to the flame. At times, flowers, drum beats, dhoop (incense) and kapoor (camphor) are also used. The flame is then offered to Bhagwan, and then to others. When the aarti is performed, all those present should be standing, clapping and singing along to the song that is praising Bhagwan. It is also very important that the mind

is fixated on following the flame around the deity, as the purpose of the aarti is to remove the darkness inside with the image of Bhagwan. The flame acquires the power of Bhagwan. Bhaktas then pass their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their palms to their forehead – the blessings of Bhagwan pass from the flame to the bhakta. A person can also acquire the blessing by just seeing the aarti flame.

Mangala – Performed before sunrise, when Bhagwan wakes up Shangar – Performed after Bhagwan is dressed Rajbhog – Performed before lunch Sandhya – Performed after sunset Shayan – Performed before bedtime Our temple is a ‘Hari’ Mandir, thus, Mangala, Shangar and Sandhya Aarti will be performed daily. There is a different aarti song for each of the five artis. However, the most commonly sung aarti song is “Jay Sadguru Swami”, which was written by Muktanand Swami. n

That aarti of a dev or great person can also be performed (but not at the Jay Sada Guru Swami; Prabhu Jay Sada same Guru Swami... time as Bhagwan’s Sahajanand Dayalu (2) Bala Vanta Bahu aarti). Nami... (Prabhu Jay Sada Guru Swami)

At the time of the aarti, 330 million (33 crores) devs and devis come for the darshan of Bhagwan. It is for this reason that the aarti is one of the most important events of the day in a mandir. The major Swaminarayan mandirs in India perform the aarti five times a day.

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Charana Saroj Tamara Vandu Kar Jodi Charane Shisha Dhariya Thi (2), Dukh Nakhya Todi... (Prabhu Jay Sada Guru Swami) Narayan Nar Bhrata, Dvija Kul Tanu Dhaari, Paamar Patit Uddharya (2), Aganit Nar Nari... (Prabhu Jay Sada Guru Swami) Nitya Nitya Nautam Leela Karata Avinaashi, Adashat Tirtha Charane (2), Koti Gaya Kashi ... (Prabhu Jay Sada Guru Swami) Purushottam Pragat Nu Je Darshan Karshe, Kala Karam Thi Chooti (2), Kutumb Sahita Tarashe... (Prabhu Jay Sada Guru Swami) Aa Avashar Karuna Nidhi, Karuna Bahu Kidhi, Muktananda Kahe Mukti (2), Sugam Kari Siddhi... (Prabhu Jay Sada Guru Swami)


2. DARSHAN

Darshan is a form of worship. It is a way of connecting a devotee to God and to gain His blessings. Regular and pious darshan leads to stronger belief and relationship with God. When doing darshan one should be completely focused upon God. One should observe the beauty of His appearance and His charisma and over a period of time one should aim to transfix the image of God in one’s heart and mind. Pure darshan will yield blessings and guidance from God Himself.

Darshan should not be performed for any form of personal gain. Males should do darshan lying down with seven parts of the body (eyes, forehead, mouth, hands, chest, knees and feet) touching the ground. The eighth and most important part, the mind, should be focused upon God. The hands should be crossed so that the right hand touches Gods right foot and the left hand touches the left foot. Darshan should be comprised of a minimum of 6 repetitions, the final darshan asking for forgiveness from Lord. Females should perform darshan and dedicate

themselves to God. They should touch their arms, head, eyes, mouth and mind to the floor in reverence to the lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayan. When going for darshan of God one should not go empty handed. A small gift should always be offered to God whether it is fruit, flowers or money. On approaching God one should bow with respect. By touching the images of God, the Lotus feet of Lord and Holy Scriptures, one gains direct blessings from God. This also gives peace and satisfaction to the soul. n

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Hindu 3. NITYA POOJA

Rituals

Nitya means daily and pooja is to worship God. Therefore pooja performed every day is known as Nitya Pooja. The scriptures declare that the early hours of the morning are considered auspicious and the mind is more peaceful first thing than at any other time of the day.

Devotees should do pooja at this time. The satsangi should perform the calls of nature and then shower or bathe with clean water. While bathing one should remember Lord Swaminarayan. After bathing, devotees should cover themselves with one cloth on the upper body and another piece on the lower body. The clothes used for pooja should be fresh, clean and be kept separate from those worn during the day.

4. GURU MANTRA

Guru mantra is a mantra given to devotees by Acharya Maharajshree. One should take this mantra when they have a steadfast belief in bhagwan. When taking your Guru Mantra you must vow to follow 5 Vartman. Guru mantra is essential without it salvation is very difficult to achieve. Once the mantra is received it must be recited everyday in your pooja. This is done like a normal mala the only difference is that every bead you take

For performing pooja, a devotee should sit on the floor (on a clean cloth), facing north or east. If possible, a silent environment is preferable. Then one should perform achaman, sipping water using one’s palm three times, which is a purifying act for the soul. Then one should apply tilak and chandlo as prescribed in the Shikshapatri. The murti that should be in the pooja is that of Lord Swaminarayan, since He is Almighty God Supreme. A devotee should then perform manasi-pooja and then invite the Lord to take residence in the murti by recitation of the Ahavan mantra. The devotee should then perform tapa-mala with arms raised, chanting the name of Lord whilst standing on the left leg and the right leg should be crossed

instead of reciting Swaminarayan you recite the mantra. The mantra used is from the Vedas Guru mantra was given to Ramanand swami by Ramanujacharya in his dream at Shreerangkshetra. He knew this dream was true as in the dream Ramanujacharaya had marked Swamiji’s body with gopichandan. When Swamiji woke up the gopichandan was present on his body.

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over onto the left knee. Women should perform tapa mala whilst standing upright on both feet. Pradikshina of the murtis should then be performed whilst continuing to do mala. This is done by walking clockwise around the murtis taking darshan. Then the Shikshapatri should be read. If one does not know how to read, then they should worship the Shikshapatri. Finally, The Lord returns to His abode by recitation of the Visarjan mantra. Nitya Pooja brings devotees closer to Lord Swaminarayan. Lord Swaminarayan will stay with devotees at all times and provide guidance throughout the day. n

Guru Mantra was given to Dharmadev and Bhaktimata in Prayagraj(Trivedi Sangam) by Ramanand swami. Guru Mantra was given to bhagwan by Dharmadev in Ayodhya also Janoi was received at this time When we take Guru mantra it is like we are getting married to bhagwan and we must make sure that we keep that marriage going by reciting guru mantra everyday. n


the following verses are recited: Naivedyam gruhayatam deva bhakti me haychalam kuru, Ipsitam me varam dehi, paratra cha param gatim. Sharkarakhandkadyani dadhikshirghrutani cha, Aaharam bhakshyabhojyam cha naivedyam pratigruhayatam.

5. PRASAD

Whatever is distributed among the devotees after Aarti ceremony is called Prasad. Prasad is the symbol of the fact that God is pleased with the worshipper and the devotees. In ancient times fruits were placed before the guest by the host to show his happiness at the arrival of the guest. (Prasadchihnani puraha falani – Kalidasa) When we offer Bhog to Shree Hari, it symbolises our perfect dedication to Him. Whatever is offered as food is called Naivedya and whatever is distributed among the devotees is called Prasad. While eating prasad, the following verse is generally recited: Narayanprasadam tu gruhitva muktibhavatah, Sarvan kamanvapnoti preetha saayujyamhapnuyat. After getting the Prasad of Shree Narayana, a devotee would have all his desires

fulfilled and after death he would attain Sayujya Bhakti with the Lord. Thus Prasad reflects the happiness of God so far as the devotee is concerned. Naivedya is one of the sixteen constituents of devotional practices. Here the devotee dedicates himself to God. This is symbolized by Naivedya offering. That which is worth offering to Shree Hari is called Naivedya (Nivedam arhati iti naivedyam). Whatever eatables are to be offered as Naivedya should be admirable and sacred. According to scriptures naivedya is offered in plates of gold, silver, copper or wood. They are offered also on clean leaves of lotus or banana trees. Naivedya is kept on the right side of Shree Hari. Naivedya can be taken as Prasada by anyone. The Prasad of other deities is meant only for the worshipper or the devotees of that particular divinity. When Naivedya is offered to Shree Hari

“O God accept Naivedya and make my devotion firm. Give me desired boon, and the supreme state here and in the next life. I have offered crystal sugar, eatables, curd, milk and clarified butter and food worth eating and chewing.” After offering naivedya to Shree Hari water is poured around the plate of Naivedya and sprinkled on it by a Tulsi leaf or a flower. After this, while moving the right hand repeatedly the following Mantra is recited: Pranaya swaha | Apnaya swaha | Vyanaya swaha | Udanaya swaha | Samanaya swaha | Brahmen swaha | “May this offering reach the five types of Pranas like Prana, Apana, Vyana, Udana, Samana and Brahman.” The Naivedya while being taken to Shree Hari is covered with a clean piece of cloth and then it is removed. Sour, bitter or putrefied eatables are never offered as Naivedya. When food with sweets which we consume is offered to Shree Hari it is called Maha Naivedya. Naivedya includes seasonal food grains, fruits etc. so popcorn (dhani) is offered on Vasant Panchami day. n

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6. MALA

How many beads in a Mala? And why? Human beings breathe 15 times per minute and 21600 times in 24 hours. If you subtract 12 hours of sleeping time at night, we are left with 10800 breaths for a day.

view of the Murti of Shreeji Maharaj wherein, He rolls the Mala in his right hand. Similarly, you should hold a Mala on the second phalange of the middle finger of the right hand and use the thumb to hold the bead ensuring that the index finger does not touch the Mala.

Dedicated devotees have firm desire to recite the name of Maharaj for every breath he takes during day hours, but this is difficult for most of them. If we recite mantra according to what is stated in scripture, we would be benefited 100 times for every Shree Swaminarayan Mantra.

Why we do Mala?

For rolling 108 beads of Mala we get benefit of 108 * 100 = 10800 for rolling one Mala. This is equivalent to worshiping at every breath. This is the reason for keeping 108 beads in a Mala.

How to roll Mala? You might have seen a side

The larger bead is regarded as the “Mer” named after the divine Mount Meru. According to the scriptures the solar system revolves around Mount Meru. After touching, it is essential not to skip the bead and continue by reversing it again. Mala is used as a counter and is considered holy. It should be always kept in a proper place so that unworthy articles may not touch it. For this reason it is kept always in a L shaped bag called Gaumukhi.

Swaminarayan Mahamantra should be recited with each movement of a bead. When we complete rolling of a Mala, When we touch the big bead, we have recited a 108 mantras.

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Mala inspires devotees to remember Shreeji Maharaj at least once a day especially when we remain busy with worldly affairs. It inspires us to roll Mala one, five or eleven times while worshiping Shreeji Maharaj. We derive satisfaction and confidence by doing so. The introduction of it was felt for chanting of mantra. As a result, devotees roll Mala and for easy counting the mantra, it came into existence. It is ideal for counting the recitation of mantra. n


7. TILAK CHANDLO The chandlo (dot) worn on the forehead is a sign that one is a Hindu. It is called the bindi in the Hindi language. In olden days, all Hindu men and women wore these marks. When worn by men it is usually called the tilak/chandlo. Lord Shree Swaminarayan has commanded that all His followers should have a Tilak Chandlo on their forehead. It should be done in four places and these are Forehead, Heart, Right Arm and Left Arm. The vertical lines pointing upwards show that the

8. KANTHI

Kanthi, a necklace of bead worn around the neck, is the symbol of our surrender to the creator of this universe, the supreme almighty. The kanthi is the best symbol of one’s surrender, as it gives us the ultimate feeling of oneness with God. How do we wear Kanthi? Kanthi is to be worn at the hands of saints, who live life as per guidelines by Shreeji Maharaj. When a devotee wears a kanthi for the first time, a ceremony is performed. Saints give water in right palm of the person who accepts kanthi, simultaneously chanting the following Sharanagat Mantra “Kal Maya papa karma yamdut Bhayadaham, Swaminarayanam sharanam

Tilak mark leads upward to Akshardham (the divine abode of Lord Shree Swaminarayan). The red mark is the symbol of Laxmiji (spiritual prosperity) living in the heart of Shree Hari. By applying the Tilak Chandlo, it protects you from worldly bondage and leads to external spiritual liberation. The body remains as holy as the temple of God. It burns off the mountains of sins. The chandlo has a mystical meaning. It represents the third eye of spiritual sight, which sees things the physical eyes cannot see. Hindus seek to awaken their inner sight through yoga. The forehead dot is a reminder to use this spiritual vision to perceive and better understand life’s inner workings, to see things not just physically, but with the “mind’s eye” as well.

There are many types of forehead marks other than the simple dot. Each mark represents a particular sect or denomination of the Hindu religion. The Tilak is of more than one colour although normally it is vermilion. It also does not have any standard shape and form and is applied differently by members of different Hindu sects and sub-sects. It is applied as a ‘U’ by worshippers of Lord Vishnu and is red, yellow or saffron in colour. It is made up of red ochre powder and sandalwood paste. Worshippers of Lord Shiva apply it as three horizontal lines and it consists of ash. Soot (Abhira) is also used as a pigment for applying a Tilak. For Hindu women, the red bindi is generally a sign of marriage. n

prapannoasmi sapatumam” (I take refuge of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. May He deliver me from the fear of kal, maya, sin, karma, and evil. May He protect me.)

mantra, all the sins of our past life and present life would burn away. Essentially we would start to live a new life, and kanthi would inspire us to lead a very spiritual and moral life.

The water is then poured away and the kanthi is adorned. The principle underlying vartman involves purification of the soul before accepting the refuge of God.

Not to consume alcohol, not to eat non-vegetarian foods, not to steal, not to commit adultery and not to accept food or water served by a person not approved by age old convention are the rules to be strictly followed when wearing a kanthi.

To be purified in mind, speech and action, water is held in the right palm. Water itself has the attribute of spiritual cleansing. Also, holding water in the right palm follows the tradition of always taking an oath or a vow with Varundev, the deity of water, as a witness in the ceremony. With chanting of this powerful

A Kanthi consists of two lines of beads made of tulasi (basil) wood. One string represents the soul and the other represent the supreme lord. The tying of the two strings to gather symbolises the union of the soul with the Supreme Lord. It has great spiritual value, with Ayurvadic virtues. n

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Bhoomi Poojan

Late Gopal Devji Pindoria, Late Lalji Gopal Pindoria, Late Amarbai Lalji Pindoria Haste Suputra Vishram Lalji Gopal Pindoria and families jointly with Dhanji Lalji Gopal Pindolia and Families (Madhapar) Late Karsan Jadva Hirani and Late Radhabai Karsan Hirani Haste Suputra Kanjibhai Karsan Hirani and Family (Baladia) Prakashbhai Kanji Varsani and Family (Samatra) Lakhmanbhai Lalji Varsani and Family (Mankuva) Dilipbhai Devraj Varsani and Family (Naranpar) Vejibhai Samji Patel and Family (Meghpar) Bharatbhai Kanji Dabasia and Family (Kodki) Vinod Samji Jessani and Family (Sukhpur)

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Parbatbhai Vishram Halai (Dahisara) Naresh Parbat Halai Vinod Parbat Halai Harish Parbat Halai Dhanjibhai Nanji Halai (Meghpar) Nitin and Ritin Dhanji Halai Late Gangji Devshi Halai (Kundanpur) Late Kunverbai Gangji Halai Haste Ravji Halai Dhanbai Halai, Hayna Vishal Pindoria Roshan Halai

2. Singhasan (Gents Side) Girdharbhai Meghji Pindolia Premilaben Girdhar Pindolia Darpan Girdhar Pindolia Toral Darpan Pindolia

(Madhapar)

3. Singhasan (Ladies Side) Vijyaben Velji Hirani (Meghpar) Santaben Kishor Premji Halai (Dahisara)

4. Swaminarayan Bhagwan Murti (Gents Side)

Shivji Ramji Bhanderi Radhabai Shivji Bhanderi Manji Shivji Bhanderi Jayaben Manji Bhanderi & Family (Rampar Vekra)

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5. Nar Narayan Dev Murti (Gents Side) Dhanji Kurji Harsiani Dhanbai Dhanji Harsiani (Kera)

6. Radha Krishna Dev Murti (Gents Side) Girdharbhai Meghji Pindoria Premilaben Girdhar Pindoria Darpan Girdhar Pindoria Toral Darpan Pindolia

(Madhapar)


7. Swaminarayan Bhagwan Murti (Ladies Side) Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia & Family In Loving memory of Late Nanuben Dhanji Pindolia (Madhapar)

10. Ghanshyam Maharaj Murti & Singhasan 8. Nar Narayan Dev Murti (Ladies Side)

Radhabai Vishram Pindoria (Madhapar) Putra vaadhu Pushpa Kanti Gopal, Sharmila Vijay Gopal, Priti Suresh Gopal, Suputri Kastur Mavji Halai (Surajpur) Poutri Hiral Kanti Gopal, Pragya Suresh Gopal, Dohitri Yashwini Mavji Halai

9. Radha Krishna Dev Murti (Ladies Side) Kalpaben Pretesh Hirani Pushpaben Mulji Hirani Binaben Rajesh Hirani Nitaben Shantilal Pindolia Nandaben Mahendra Pindoria In Loving memory of Late Kanbai Mavji Shamji Hirani (Mankuva)

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bhuj Nileshbhai Jetha Bhojani Dhanjibhai Ramji Bhudia Jasuben Dhanji Bhudia Kavitbhai Dhanji Bhudia Sunderben Kavit Bhudia Bhaviben Dhanji Bhudia Snehaben Dhanji Bhudia Naranbhai Ravji Pindoria Amarben Naran Ravji Pindoria Late Govindbhai Harji Bhudia Manuben Govind Harji Bhudia Sanjaybhai Govind Harji Bhudia Bhartiben Sanjay Bhudia Tanviben Sanjay Bhudia Krishnaaben Sanjay Bhudia Sureshbhai Harji Bhuva Pritiben Harji Bhuva Miteshbhai Devshi Dabasia Devrajbhai Dhanji Gami Vanitaben Devraj Gami Tulsiben Devraj Gami Hari Devraj Gami Late Naranbhai Parbat Gondaria Ellaben Premji Gondariya Rashilaben Premji Gondariya Late Laljibhai Gopal Pindoria Late Amarbai Lalji Pindoria Vishrambhai Lalji Gopal Kantilalbhai Vishram Gopal Dhruvbhai Kantilal Gopal Hiralben Kantilal Gopal Vijaybhai Vishram Gopal Mehulbhai Vijay Gopal Hitenbhai Vijay Gopal Jatinbhai Vijay Gopal Sureshbhai Vishram Gopal Pragyaben Suresh Gopal

Kishanbhai Suresh Gopal Kushbhai Kishor Gorasia Arvindbhai Devraj Halai Ramilaben Arvind Halai Vishalbhai Arvind Halai Milikaben Arvind Halai Rajeshbhai Devraj Halai Premilaben Rajesh Halai Ajaybhai Rajesh Halai Vinaybhai Rajesh Halai Vipulbhai Murji Halai Kalpeshbhai Kunverji Halai Anishbhai Kunverji Halai Vasantbhai Bhimji Halai Mavjibhai Khimji Ravji Halai Mehulbhai Mavji Halai Yashwiniben Mavji Halai Natwarlalbhai Devji Halai Laxmiben Natwarlal Halai Shivjibhai Lalji Hirani Binitaben Dilip Hirani Priyaben Shivji Hirani Nishantbhai Kanji Hirani Kasturben Shivji Hirani Punitbhai Kanji Hirani Meeraben Kanji Hirani Nihalbhai Kanji Hirani Preteshbhai Mavji Hirani Kalpaben Pretesh Hirani Virluvbhai Pretesh Hirani Vikushbhai Pretesh Hirani Chuppy Hirani Bhaveshbhai Lalji Kerai Leenaben Kunverji Kerai Piyushbhai Virji Kerai Punitbhai Virji Kerai Priyaben Premji Kerai Hiteshbhai Devshi Kerai Pareshbhai Lalji Kerai Rakeshbhai Nanji Khetani Premjibhai Naran Khetani Lilavantiben Premji Khetani Dhiralbhai Premji Khetani & Friends Pravinbhai Bhimji Pindoria Kanjibhai Khimji Rabadia Premilaben Kanji Rabadia Deepakbhai Kanji Rabadia Dipaliben Deepak Rabadia Harshilbhai Kanji Rabadia Devjibhai Gangji Rabadia Ravibhai Dhanji Rabadia Hashmitaben Ravi Rabadia Jashwiniben Ravi Rabadia Ajitbhai Hirji Vaghjiani Vinodbhai Ramji Vaghjiani Hirjibhai Virji Varsani Sureshbhai Lalji Varsani Hansaben Suresh Varsani Vikeshbhai Suresh Varsani Vashniben Suresh Varsani Harshadbhai Jadva Varsani Dhanjibhai Lakhaman Vekaria Harshitbhai Khimji Vekaria Shree Swaminarayan Yuvak & Yuvati Mandal Perth

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11. Hanumanji Murti

Late Karsanbhai Jadva Hirani Late Radhabai Karsan Hirani Dhanbai Kanji Hirani Punit Kanji Hirani Meera Kanji Hirani Nihal Kanji Hirani (Baladia)

Late Naranbhai Jadva Khetani Premjibhai Naran Khetani & Family (Sukhpur)

13. Ram Parivar Murtis

Kanjibhai Lalji Dabasia Aksharnivasi Dharmapatni Sambai Haste Bharat Kanji Dabasia & family (Kodki) Late Arjanbhai Ratna Kerai Kuverjibhai Arjan Kerai (Naranpar) Murjibhai Shamji Halai, Ratanbai Murji Halai Haste Kalyanbhai Murji Halai Kalpana, Hinika, Mital & Family

(Naranpar)

Late Laljibhai Karsan Hirani Harishbhai Lalji Hirani (Baladia) Devjibhai Naran Rabadia (Baladia)

12. Ganeshji Murti

Manjibhai Kanji Varsani (Mankuva)

Parbatbhai Lalji Pindoria

(Sukhpur Roha)

Late Govindbhai Harji Bhudia Manuben Govind Bhudia Sanjaybhai Govind Harji Bhudia Bhartiben Sanjay Bhudia Tanviben Sanjaty Bhudia Krishnaaben Sanjay Bhudia

(Madhapar)

Ramjibhai Lalji Rabadia Devendrabhai Ramji Rabadia (Mandvi)

Ajitbhai Hirji Vaghjiani Amratben Ajit Vaghjiani (Naranpar)

14. Shiv Parivar Murtis & Shivling

Dakshaben and Jagdishbhai Ramji Bhudia & Family (Mankuva) Nishaben and Dilipbhai Devraj Varsani & Family (Naranpar) Minaxiben and Bipinbhai Valji Hirani & Family (Mankuva) Shwetaben and Chandrakantbhai Dhanji Pindolia & Family In Loving Memory of Late Nanuben Dhanji Pindolia (Madhapar)

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15. Suryanarayan Dev Murti Tanvi Sanjay Govind Bhudia Krishnaa Sanjay Govind Bhudia (Madhapar)

Chetan Khimji Gorasia Nisha Khimji Gorasia (Dahisara) Dhisha Harish Kara Dhishil Harish Kara (Rampar) Henna Jayant Varsani Kishul Jayant Varsani (Sukhpur) Jaimini Prakash Varsani Dhruv Prakash Varsani (Samatra) Madhav Lakhman Varsani Shivani Lakhman Varsani Ashika Lakhman Varsani (Mankuva)

Shail Ratilal Vekaria Prashant Ratilal Vekaria (Baladia)


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Perth & Rest of Australia

in order of amount

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia & Family (Madhapar)

In Loving Memory of Late Nanuben Dhanji Pindolia, Late Grandparents Gopalbhai Devji & Amarbai Gopal Pindolia, Late Parents Laljibhai Gopal & Amarbai Lalji Pindolia, Late In-Law Vishrambhai Gopal Hirani Gopal Investments Pty Ltd Directors (Madhapar) Vishrambhai Lalji Gopal Pindoria Kantibhai Vishram Gopal Vijaybhai Vishram Gopal Sureshbhai Vishram Gopal Mavjibhai Khimji Halai (Surajpur)

Pretesh, Kalpa, Virluv & Vikush Hirani (Mankuva) in Loving Memory of Late Mavji Shamji Hirani & Late Kanbai Mavji Hirani & Brother Late Meghji Mavji Hirani

Parbat Vishram Patel (Halai) (Dahisara) Dhanji Nanji Halai & Dhanuben Nanji Halai (Meghpar) Nitin, Kesar, Ritin, Jyotika and Sia Manji Shivji Bhanderi & Jayaben Manji Bhanderi (Rampar Vekra) Sons Vishnu & Shyam Daughter Divya

Valji Ratna Hirani & Kantaben Valji Hirani (Mankuva) Bipin Valji Hirani & Familly

Late Karsanbhai Jadva Hirani & Late Radhabai Karsan Hirani Parivar (Baladia) Late Gangji Devshi Halai & Late Kunverbai Gangji Halai (Kundanpur) Haste Ravji, Dhanbai, Hayna and Roshan Halai

Manuben Govind Bhudia (Madhapar)

Son Sanjay Govind Bhudia & Wife Bharti Granddaughters Tanvi & Krishnaa in loving memory of Late Govind Harji Ladha Bhudia

Dhanji Murji Gami & Family - Mombasa - London - Perth (Kera) Velji Shamji Patel (Hirani) (Meghpar) Premji Naran Khetani (Sukhpar) Dhanji Ramji Bhudia & Jashuben Dhanji Bhudia (Mankuva) Kavit, Bhavi, Sneha and Sunder

Dhanji Kurji Harsiani & Dhanbai Dhanji Harsiani (Kera) Haste Samji Dhanji Harsiani

Samji Lalji Varsani (Naranpar) Harji Lalji Bhudia (Mankuva) Hirji Kanji Vekaria (Baladia) Keshor Premji Patel (Halai) (Dahisara) Bharat Kanji Dabasia & Jashuben Bharat Dabasia (Kodki) Son Mayur Bharat Dabasia Daughter Lakshmi Bharat Dabasia

Lakhman Lalji Meghji Varsani & Amrutben Lakhman Lalji Varsani (Mankuva) Madhav Lakhman Varsani Shivani Lakhman Varsani Ashika Lakhman Varsani

Vatsal Karsan Pindoria, Priti, Hiral & Sonal (Madhapar) Late Vaghji Nangpar Shah & Family Harji Lalji Hirani (Baladia) Paresh Premji Kara & Family (Rampar) Late Father Shivji Murji Gondariya (Kodki) Mother Kunverbai Shivji Gondariya Haste Sons Premji Gondariya & Khimji Gondariya

Kunverji Arjan Kerai (Naranpar) Prakash Kanji Varsani (Samatra) Kiran Parbat Kerai (Madhapar) Paresh Lalji Hirani (Baladia) Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni (Detroj) Ashok Ravji Halai (Madhapar) Jagdish Manji Varsani (Mankuva) Ajitbhai Hirji Vaghjiani & Amratben Ajit Vaghjiani (Naranpar)

Ramesh Devji Vora and Dina Ramesh Vora (Madhapar) Son Suneet and Daughter Bhavisha

Ravji Kuverji Amba & Sons Neetin and Minesh Hirani (Meghpar)

Naran Manji Rabadia & Kantaben Naran Rabadia

(Baladia)

Devji Naran Rabadia (Baladia) Ratna Kurji Vekaria (Baladia) Ravji Devshi Varsani (Samatra) Hemant, Rohit & Chetan Karia in memory of Kantilal G. Karia & Sushila K. Karia Khimji Lalji Gorasia (Dahisara) Ratilal Vishram Vekaria, Dharam Patni Chandrika (Baladia) Sons Shail Ratilal Vekaria & Prasant Ratilal Vekaria

Devshi Premji Hirani & Dharam Patni Pushpa Devshi Hirani (Baladia) Sons Harshad & Harshil

Murji Shamji Halai & Ratanben Murji Halai (Naranpar) Haste Kalyan Murji Halai

Dipak Kanji Rabadia (Baladia) Arvind Devraj Halai (Dahisara) Nilesh Ravji Kerai & Meeta Nilesh Kerai (Madhapar) Kishore Shivji Bhudia (Madhapar) Vishram Devji Pindoria (Madhapar) Harish Vishram Kara (Rampar) Harish Dhanji Lakhani (Baladia) Ravji Lalji Hirani (Baladia)

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Perth & Rest of Australia

in order of amount

Jagdish Ramji Bhudia (Mankuva) Dhanji Kanji Raghwani (Baladia) Jayant Premji Varsani (Sukhpar) Pravin Bhimji Pindoria Hansaben & Kalyan Karsan Bhudia (Madhapar)

Anish Harji Hirani (Baladia) Khimji Mavji Patel (Pindoria) (Madhapar)

Vinod Samji Jesani (Sukhpar) Dilip Devraj Varsani (Naranpar) Sameer Karsan Halai (Madhapar) Devendra Ramji Rabadia (Mandvi) Purshottam P Vekaria (Naranpar) Ruda Shamji Khetani & Family (Godpar)

Manji Kuverji Hirani (Amba) (Meghpar) Minichin Australia Mahendra Shah & Sanat Shah

Parbat Naran Pindoria (Madhapar) Devshi Arjan Kerai (Naranpar) ISSO Sydney Rajesh Devraj Halai (Dahisara) Suresh Harji Bhuva (Kera) Kishor Manji Kerai (Kera) Suresh Lalji Bhudia (Mankuva) Shantilal Shamji Pindolia & Nita Pindolia (Kundanpur) Jagdish Premji Halai (Madhapar) Rupesh Premji Kerai (Sukhpar) Devendra Lalji Varsani (Naranpar) Nanji Parbat Ashani (Dahisara) Valji Nanji Patel (Kerai) Dilip Premji Kerai Harish Premji Halai (Madhapar) Bharatbhai Nandlal Parekh Naresh Parbat Patel (Halai) (Dahisara) Vinod Parbat Patel (Halai) (Dahisara) Rajesh Varsani Vinesh Jadavaji Varsani (Bharasar) Piyush Vinod Kerai (Naranpar) Mayank Dave Hirbai Premji Kerai Dilip Shivji Hirani (Mirjapar) Dinesh Devji Pindoria (Mankuva) Purshottam Zina Lalji Hirani & Manjula Purshottam Hirani (Sukhpar)

Punamben Jayendrakumar Soni (Detroj)

Ketan Harji Jesani (Baladia) Valbai Lalji Patel Jagdish Ravji Jeshani (Baladia) Pravin Khimji Rabadia (Mandvi) Rashminkumar Patel Pravin Mepani Manji Harji Hirani Harish Parbat Halai (Dahisara) Jitendra Velji Bhudia (Sukhpar) Ramesh Velji Bhudia (Sukhpar) Gopal Vishram Rabadia (Baladia) Lalji Gopal Bhanderi (Vekra) Vandna Khimji Naran Laxman Kerai Prakash Kanubhai Sangani (Ahemdabad)

Harish Parbat Bhudia (Samatra) Mansukh Devshi Gondariya (Mirjapar) Vishwesh Jayendrakumar Soni (Detroj) Subhash Babubhai Kathiriya (Amreli) Mahesh Ruda Hirani (Mankuva) Ranjan Rajni Sheth Ratna Shamji Vaghjiani (Godpar) Virbai Mavji Varsani (Naranpar) Dhanjibhai K. Bhalsod & Hemkuver Dhanji Bhalsod Late Naran Karsan Vekaria (Kundanpur)

Vinod Vishram Kerai & Family (Rampar)

Dhansukh Devshi Gondariya (Mirjapar)

Paresh Lalji Kerai (Godpar) Jayesh Harji Hirani (Baladia) Prakash Naran Vekaria (Naranpar) Dhanji Lakhaman Vekaria (Naranpar) Narendra Kanji Bhudia & Family (Samatra)

Naran Murji Mepani & Family (Baladia)

Pravin Vishram Kerai & Family (Rampar)

Pankaj Natubhai Vakil Kush Kishor Gorasia (Dahisara) Bipin Monapariya

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Rakesh Nanji Khetani (Kera) Kishor Jesani Khimji Manji Varsani (Samatra) Harendra Dave (Limbdi) Hiralal Naran Meghani (Madhapar) Pravin Kanji Hirani (Meghpar) Dipen Upendra Mehta (Ahemdabad) Dhansukh Rupaliya Vinod Manji Halai Nanji Devshi Hirani Vasantbhai Halai Jaylesh Varsani (Rampar Vekra) Hitesh Ravji Kerai (Madhapar) Gopal Parbat Hirani (Naranpar) Prafulchandra Dhanji Kerai (Madhapar)

Kishor Naran Rabadia (Sukhpar) Ravilal Dhanji Rabadia (Mandvi) Nishant Kanji Hirani (Mirjapar) Vijay Kanji Karman (Madhapar) Kalpesh Manji Varsani & Family (Mankuva)

Naran Kanji Bhudia & Family (Samatra)

Kanti Manji Mepani (Baladia) Mavji Shivji Vekaria (Baladia) Punit Virji Kerai (Naranpar) Bhavin Kapadiya & Mina Kapadiya Manjibhai Devji Vaghjiani, Sailesh Vaghjiani & Suneel Vaghjiani Haresh Premji Hirani (Mandvi) Narendra Kanji Karman Varsani (Madhapar)

Priya Naran Rabadia (Baladia) Nilesh Jethalal Bhojani Dhanji Karsan Hirani & Family (Kodki) Konark Jayendrabhai Soni (Detroj) Vinod Velji Hirani & Family (Sukhpar Roha)

Vasant Manji Limbani (Dahisara) Harshad Jadva Varsani (Bharasar) Jitendra Kantilal Patel Pravin Nanji Gangiani Vinod Rabadia Kalpeshbhai & Anish Halai Hiteshbhai Kerai


Vijay Bhuva Ella & Rashila Gondariya (Kodki) Nanji Manji Nardani & Family (Kera) Vinod Hirji Hirani (Sukhpar) Mahesh Gopal Mayani (Dahisara) Ajit Govind Khokhani (Madhapar) Ramesh Hirani (Vekra) Dhanji Virji Asani Jesal Vishram Jesani (Baladia) Karsan Nanji Halariah Devji Samji Rabadia (Baladia) Arti Vijay Karman (Madhapar) Deepa Vijay Karman (Madhapar) Vinod Gopal Vaghjiani (Meghpar) Vilash Vishram Jesani (Baladia) Bharat Premji Kerai (Naranpar) Kalpesh Kunverji Halai (Naranpar) Lalji Ramesh Halai (Mirjapar) Pankaj Kumar Patel (Ahemdabad) Manjula Laxman Panchani (Kera) Navin Nanji Bechar (Madhapar) Pravin Nanji Bechar (Madhapar) Narshi Nanji Varsani (Madhapar) Ravji Murji Rupalia (Sukhpar Bhuj) Murji Shivji Rabadia (Vadasar) Nitin Satani Karsan Devji Varsani (Samatra) Harshit Khimji Vekaria (Baladia) Suresh Mavji Pindoria (Sukhpar Roha) Harsh Mahendrabhai Shukla (Halwad, Ahemdabad)

Bhavni & Nandni Khimji Gondaria (Kodki)

Deepak Shamji Vekaria (Baladia) Pankaj Nathabhai Sheradiya Mitul Gordhanbhai Rafalia (Bhader) Pravin Hirji Vaghjiani (Sukhpar) Mavji Hirji Vaghjiani (Sukhpar) Manji Hirji Vaghjiani (Sukhpar) Hirji Vaghjiani (Sukhpar) Prachi Mavji Vaghjiani Drashani Senghani (Dahisara) Prisha Bhudia Pravinchandra Dave (Vadodra) Vijyaben Arwin Kerai Bhimji Shamji Varsani Sam Nishi Vekaria (Sujapar) Dhruv Ishika Senghani (Madhapar) Ketan Devraj Bhojani (Baladia) Velji Ladha Gorasia (Sukhpar) Rajan Karsan Varsani (Rampar) Navin Karsan Kerai Ketan Karsan Ladhani (Samatra)

Rambai Govind Dabasia (Madhapar) Govind Karsan Vekaria (Baladia) Suresh Natha Rabadia (Kera) Kesarbai Valji Ladhani (Kera) Kanti Suresh Rabadia (Kera) Satyam Dave (Limbdi) Shree Swaminarayan Yuvak Mandal Perth Shree Swaminarayan Yuvika Mandal Perth Rahul Pandya & Family Ravji Shamji Seyani (Mandvi) Shivji Karsan Halai (Surajpar) Mital Kalyan Murji Halai (Naranpar) Hitesh Savaliya (Rajkot Kalavad) Natubhai Maganbhai Virani (Badhada Amreli)

Kishore Jadva Pindolia (Kera) Tushar Arvind Pindoria (Mandvi) Hirji Shamji Kerai Mahesh Varsani Mukesh Lalji Hirani (Rampar) Mukesh Kalyan Halai (Kera) Devji Meghji Vekaria Radhaben Kunverji Halai Henna Harish Mepani (Sukhpar) Pravin Virji Kanji (Dahisara) Jagdish Shivji Ramji Bhanderi (Vekra) Suresh Shivji Rabadia (Mandvi) Kunverji Shivji Rabadia (Mandvi) Dinesh Kanji Kerai (Mandvi) Devraj Karsan Halai (Dahisara) Hirji Karsan Halai (Dahisara) Dhanji Lalji Rabadia (Sarli) Jesika Nilesh Hirani (Sukhpar) Kanji Mavji Kerai (Madhapar) Bhimji Vekaria (Baladia) Vishram Naran Vekaria (Surajpar) Narendra Jadavji Hirani (Baladia) Naran Karsan Kerai Ajit Vishram Jesani (Baladia) Prashant Laxman Panchani (Kera) Hemal Govind Kalyan Pravin Virji Vekaria (Baladia) Arvind D Kara Jayantilalbhai Trivedi Indukumar Labhshankar Pandya Kamal Dhanji Vaghjiani Zina Kanji Hirani (Sukhpar) Kanbai Zina Hirani (Sukhpar) Parbat Vishram Gorasia (Madhapar) Harendra Kalyan Rabadia (Mandvi) Damini M Halai (Dahisara)

Shivani M Halai (Dahisara) Kanji Lalji Dabasia (Kodki) Late Sambai Kanji Dabasia (Kodki) Harshit Karsan Varsani (Madhapar) Salil Kiran Koonja Priyaben Kerai Nayan Shivji Halai Arun Kalyan Bhojani (Baladia) Karishma Jadva Varsani Manji Gopal Kerai (Kera) Alpesh Devshi Kerai Harji Devshi Raghwani (Baladia) Kasturben Shivji Hirani Vimal M Rabadia Vishram Vekaria Jayesh Mahendra Galiara

New Zealand

ISSO Auckland, New Zealand Haste Dr. Kantilal N. Patel

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Donors

Mukesh Patel of Tuff Steel Mavjibhai Varsani (Samatra) Premji Keshra Kerai (Kera) Harish Meghji Kerai (Naranpar) Jayanti Kanji Hirani (Mankuva) in order of amount Mavji Velji Gorasia (Sukhpar) Lalji Kalyan Siyani & Family (Mankuva) Raghwani Family (Baladia) Sureshbhai Varsani (Mankuva) & Laxmanbhai Bhimji Raghwani Harishbhai Mavji Kerai (Rampar) Manji Kanji Raghwani Ravji Premji Karsan Raghwani Dhanjibhai Harji Bhudia & Laxmiben Karsan Premji Raghwani Dhanji Bhudia & Sons (Mandvi) Kalyan Laxman Raghwani Late Veljibhai Khimji Gorasia (Sukhpar) Dhanji Laxman Raghwani Sons Bhikhalal, Mavji, Valji & Premji Virji Kanji Raghwani Gopalbhai Dhanji Mayani (Dahisara) Arvind Manji Raghwani Devraj Karsan Varsani (Naranpar) Parbat Lalji Pindoria (Sukhpur Roha) Girdharbhai Meghji Pindolia (Madhapar) Vinodbhai Arjan Kerai & Deviben Vinod Kerai (Naranpar) Rambai Devji Varsani, Devjibhai Sons Piyush & Punit Vinod Kerai Premji Varsani & Ramjibhai Devji Gopalbhai Lalji Vekaria & Son Harish Varsani (Samatra) Gopal Vekaria (Rampar) Mukesh Hirani of Master Powers Ltd Bhimjibhai Ramji Halai & Manbai (Fotdi) Bhimji Halai (Naranpar) Naranbhai Manji Kerai (Baladia)

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Sons Kanti, Umesh and Nandu

Valji Karsan Hirani (Baladia) Pankaj, Nil & Kush Nathwani of Apex Steel Ltd Premji Meghji Vekaria & Wife Radhaben Premji (Nairobi) (Baladia) Son Parbat Premji Meghji Vekaria & Wife Radhaben Parbat (Nairobi) Son Naran Premji Meghji Vekaria & Wife Pushpaben Naran (London) Daughter Priyaben Premji Meghji Vekaria (London)

Hirji Khimji Siyani (Mirjapar) Kalyan Ratna Hirani (Mankuva) Ramjibhai Ratna Varsani & Hirjibhai Virji Varsani (Vekra) Shamjibhai Vasta Kerai and Ratanben Shamji Kerai & Sons (Naranpar)

Laljibhai Shamji Kerai and Bhanuben Lalji Kerai & Family (Godpar) Devjibhai Shamji Vora & Family (Madhapar) Ravji Govind Varsani (Moshi) (Kera) Late Hirjibhai Karsan Hirani (Baladia) Murjibhai Vishram Kerai (Mirjapar) Meghjibhai Karsan Varsani (Samatra) Parbatbhai Bhimji Seyani (Uganda) Wife Jasuben (Mirjapar) Son Manishbhai, Daughter in Law Daminiben, Grandson Trinabhkumar, Daughter Divyaben Dipak Kerai, Daughter Anitaben Bharat Halai, Daughter Vaishaliben Parbat Seyani Granddaughter Kashishkumari

Kanjibhai Kunverji Patel (Samatra)

Son Priyesh Bhimji Halai & Wife Swati Priyesh Halai Son Jitesh Bhimji Halai & Wife Jinika Jitesh Halai

Devshi Karsan Varsani Vijay Vishram Gangji Pindolia (Naranpar) Navin Dhanji Pindolia (Surajpar) Kapurchand Devshi Shah & Family Ramjibhai Devji Vekaria Mavji Lalji Halai Harish Ravji Halai Valji Vishram Pindoria Hirjibhai Premji Rajani, Hirbai Hirji Rajani & Sons (Rampar Vekra) Harjibhai Devshi Raghwani Haste Mavji Harji Raghwani (Baladia) Karsanbhai Devji Gorasia and Kesarbai Karsan Gorasia & Sons (Naranpar)

Gopalbhai Vishram Raghwani (Baladia) Karsanbhai Lalji Patel (Madhapar) Late Vishrambhai Mavji Bhanderi, Sons Dinesh and Ramesh (Vekra)

Devshibhai Kunverji Garara, Sons Lalji & Bhimji (Baladia) Karsanbhai Vishram Chabadia & Son Ramjibhai Karsan Chabadia (Mandvi) Bhimjibhai Laxman Raghwani (Baladia) Shivji Valji Bhudia (Madhapar) Devshi Parbat Pindolia (Naranpar) Kanji Harji Hirani & Dharam Patni Purbai Kanji Hirani (Mankuva) Haste Mavji Kanji Hirani & Family Lalji Kanji Hirani & Family Mombasa/Nairobi

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East Africa

Keshrabhai Laxman Vekaria (Naranpar) Devshibhai Arjan Kerai (Naranpar) Ravji Lalji Vekaria (Rampar) Manubhai Velji Varsani (Baladia) Devji Kanji Kerai (Baladia) Parbat Bhimji Seyani (Mirjapar) Jitubhai Kanji Wadia (Mankuva) Kurjibhai Manji Hirani & Family (Bharasar) Kurji Nanji Pindoria (Sukhpur Roha) Premji Devji Vekaria (Samatra) Naran Premji Vasta Vekaria (Naranpar) Harji Govind Dabasia (Madhapar) Kanjibhai Naran Halai Vinod Vishram Halai of V-Line Services Ltd (Baladia) Manji Shamji Rabadia Laxman Lalji Vekaria (Rampar) Bhimjibhai Gopal Varsani (Samatra) Samjibhai Naran Kerai tKrishna Chemist Haste Hiteshbhai Mepani (Madhapar) & Mukeshbhai Mavji (Naranpar)

Hirbai Kanji Patel Haste Harish Kanji (Sukhpar)

CM Construction Manjibhai (Baladia) Shivjibhai Shamji Vekaria (Mandvi) Premji Murji Kerai & Sons (Rampar) Muljibhai Lalji Pindolia & Family (Kundanpur)

Pravin Valji Pindolia (Surajpar) Lalji Ratna Karsan Halai (Meghpar) Lalji Kalyan Jesani (Baladia) Laljibhai Kanji Kerai (Mankuva) Kurji Devji Nardani Dipak Keshra Jessani (Baladia) Vishram Devji Pindolia (Madhapar) Mahendra Arjan Bhudia Narshibhai Raghav Lathia Shamji Karsan Chhabadia (Mandvi) Vishram Arjan Gajipara (Naranpar) Harish Shamji Bhanderi (Mirjapar) Kanji Jadava Hirani (Naranpar) Pankaj Shah Devraj Velji Velani (Sukhpar) Ravji Manji Hirani (Sukhpar) Jayantilal Nathalal Halai (Mandvi) Son Mahesh, Daughters Viragna & Sushmita

Naranbhai Ramji Varsani (Samatra) Valjibhai Kanji Hirani & Sons (Anjar - Rampar) Naranbhai Laxman Kerai (Rampar) Kantilal Harji Raghwani (Baladia)


Vijay Keshra Vekaria & Shamji Keshra Jesani (Baladia) Lalji Gopal Bhanderi (Vekra) Jayendra Somchand Shah & Subhag Shah Late Jyotikaben Ramji Varsani (Naranpar) c/o Ramji Manji Varsani, Purbai Ramji Varsani, Sailesh Ramji Varsani and Narendra Ramji Varsani & Family Mombasa

Harish Laxman Vekaria & Kantaben Harish Vekaria (Naranpar) Manji Kalyan Premji Valji Lalji Vekaria (Baladia) Haste Hirji Premji Vekaria and Ashwin Premji Vekaria & Family

Jaydip & Kamal Shah Lalji Premji Vekaria Kenbro Roofing Haste Shantibhai Nanjibhai Kalyan Hirani (Sukhpar) Bhimjibhai Valji Pindoria & Son Pravin (Vekra)

Manji Kalyan Hirani (Mankuva) Bhikhalal Kurji Kerai Ramesh Bharmal Malde Kenknit (K) Ltd Suresh L Shah Rameshbhai Patel Shamji Naran Pindolia Harji Govind Vaghjiani (Meghpar) Manji Bhimji Bhudia B. M. Patel Kajani Patel Kalyan Velji Vekaria Naranbhai Kurji Raghvani (Baladia) Trilochand Singh Matharu Rajesh N. Shangrajkar Anil (Ukwala) Satish Shah Raju Kachela Valjibhai Kalyan Bhudia (Fotdi) Gopal D Hirani (Meghpar) & Praful Kanji Halai (Kera) Naran Velji Hirani Ramji Gangji Halai (Kera) Veljibhai Naran Kerai and Sons Nilesh & Harish (Mandvi) Kalyanbhai Karsan Kerai & Son Manji

Harish Nanji Bhudia (Madhapar) Dr. Prabhu Lodhia Ramji Jetha Jessani (Baladia) Harish Ramji Jetha Jessani (Baladia) Anil Sharma (Pandit) Gauresh S. Patel Kishore Dhanji Halai Lalji Shivji Vekaria Dhanji Suthar Kanti/Karsan/Rambai Rabadia Dhanji Kurji Hirani Manibhai M Patel Shivji Naran Pindoria Kapoorchand M Bid Manish & Bhart R. Bid Navin Haria (Kakamega) Shivji Kurji Hirani Ramji Khimji Gami Bhagvanji Mohanlal Shivji Khetani Kantilal Harilal Shah R M Patel Vinu Yaspal Sharma Hirji Velji Asani (Vekra) Ramji Shivji Vekaria

United Kingdom

(Vekra)

Nanjibhai Premji Khetani & Son Rakesh (Kera) C. C. Patel Kalyanbhai Premji Rabadia & Son Harendra (Mandvi)

Dhrish Vijay Halai (Dimple Vijay) (Madhapar)

Mukesh M Sagar

Gopal Valji Varsani Lalji Ravji Varsani Late Devshi Karsan Vekaria (Baladia) Haste Shantaben Devshi Vekaria, Piush, Sushil, Kalpa and Anjni

PBS Joinery Ltd Kanji Nanji Hirani & Meghbai Kanji (Meghpar) Sons Dinesh & Manesh & Family

Late Bhimjibhai Velji Mavji Pindoria Late Kunverbai Bhimji Velji Pindoria Late Khimjibhai Bhimji Velji Pindoria Bhimji Ramji Hirani (Baladia) Ramji Devraj Hirani (Mankuva) Aryan Kishore Bhudia (Sukhpar Bhuj) Everest Motors Manji Ruda Kabariya (Godpar) Karsan Parbat Vekaria Prembai Lalji Hirani (Mankuva) Punja Devji Limani (Mankuva)

Shamji Kanji Vekaria (Baladia) Arvind Kalyan Vekaria (Baladia) Vishram Shamji Siyani (Mankuva) Dhanji Veji Bhudia (Sukhpar) Premji Velji Bhudia (Mankuva) Karsan Virji Dabasia (Mankuva) Karsan Hirji Hirani (Sukhpar) Band Party Youth (East London) Mulji Mavji Hirani (Mankuva) Karsan Ravji Halai (Dahisara) Karsan Ramji Kerai (Mankuva) Kunverbai Shamji Varsani (Kodki) Devji Ramji Hirani (Baladia) Mavji Lalji Bhudia (Mankuva) Karsan Nanji Halaria Laxman Ramji Hirani (Baladia) Ravji Shamji Varsani (Samatra) Jadavji Virji Dabasia (Mankuva) Bhimji Shamji Vekaria (Mankuva) Khimji Shamji Varsani (Kodki) Shamji Velji Bhudia (Sukhpar) Chanderesh Gauri Shanker Brahman (Sukhpar)

Kanbai Dhanji Varsani (Bharasar) Akshar Nivasi Naran Harji & Rambai Vekaria (Sukhpar) Shivji Bhachu Gami (Kera) Naran Lalji Varsani (Mankuva) Shanta Devji Varsani (Sukhpar) Premji Karsan Khetani (Sukhpar) Natwarlal Devji Halai & Laxmiben Natwarlal Halai Hari News Karsan Jina Vaghani (Sukhpar) Kurji Kalyan Varsani (Sukhpar) Late Shivji Kurji Varsani (Mankuva) Amrut Khimji Raghwani (Baladia) Vaghji Harji Hirani (Fotdi) Kanta Bhimji Varsani (Samatra) Sanjay Valji Kerai (Mankuva) Karsan Nanji Hirani (Meghpar) Savita Ramesh Bhudia (Mankuva) Govindbhai Chodhri (Mansa)

India

Kanaiyalal Ganpatram Mevada & Parivar (Kanbha) Swaminarayan Mandir Rajkot Gurukul

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Seva

Narshi Nanji Varsani Jagdish Premji Halai Kalyan Karsan Bhudia Rohitkumar N Dedaniya We apologise in advance Velji Samji Patel for any names that may have Devshi Premji Hirani been inadvertently missed out Jadavji Parbat Lachhani or misspelt. These have been taken from Lakeshore Builders attendance register. Mahendra Shivji Varsani Prakash Dirajlal Ladhani Pravin Kanji Jeshani Harish Parbat Bhudia Keshor Premji Halai Nanji Devshi Hirani Jagdish Ramji Jeshani Arvind Manji Kerai Naresh Parbat Patel Bipin Valji Hirani Prakash Dhanji Valji Devendra Lalji Varsani Bhavesh Valji Patel Dilip Karsani Hirani Ravji Gangji Halai Govind Bhagirathbhai Trivedi Narendra Kanji Karman (Varsani) Harish Premji Halai Harish Vishram Kara Jayesh Harji Hirani Narendra Kanji Bhudia Kanji Karsan Hirani Jayant Premji Varsani Ketan Devraj Bhojani Manji Kanji Hirani Khimji Shivji Gondariya Harji Lalji Bhudia Kishor Manji Kerai Laxman Lalji Patel Mukesh Kalyan Halai Khimji Lalji Patel Naran Harji Hirani Murji Shivji Rabadia Naresh Devshi Hirani Samji Dhanji Harsiani Pretesh Mavji Hirani Jeetendra Manji Dabasia Purshottam Zina Hirani Ketan Karsan Halai Ratilal Vishram Vekaria Nanji Parbat Ashani Suresh Vishram Mephani Subhash Babubhai Kathirya Tushar Arvind Patel Naran Kanji Bhudia Valji Nanji Patel (Kerai) Parkash Kanubhai Sangani Dilip Premji Kerai Parshottom Keshavbhai Gujera Jiten Samji Harsiani Prakash Kanji Varsani Vijay Vishram Gopal Vishram Devji Pindoria Sanjay Govind Bhudia Bharat Kanji Dabasia Bharat Patel Harish Lalji Hirani Gopal (Jetha) Hirani Dinesh Kurji Hirani Harish Mavji Gopal Suresh Lalji Bhudia Jagdish Ramji Bhudia Hitesh Ravji Kerai Kanti Vishram Gopal Vishal Karsan Halai Naran Manji Rabadia Vinod Velji Hirani Paresh Lalji Hirani Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni Pravin Devshi Kalyan Virji Hirani Vinod Samji Kanbi Khimji Manji Varsani Vishnu Manji Bhanderi Bharat Vaghji Gondaria Diresh Hirani Dhanji Lalji Pindoria Vinod Sanghani Dhanji Nanji Halai Mukesh Lalji Hirani Ketan Karsan Varsani Haresh Lalji Kerai Paresh Vasantlal Rabadia Ajit Govind Khokhani Rahul Kiritbhai Panday Chetan Devji Naran Vatsal Karsan Pindoria Jagdish Manji Varsani

List

Construction

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Kishor Gopal Patel Kunverji Arjan Kerai Manji Kuverji Amba Paresh Lalji Kerai Paresh Lalji Hirani Priyesh Hirji Vekaria Suresh Vekaria Anjleshbhai Patel Bhaveshbhai Babubhai Kachhadiya Bipin Vithalbhai Monaparia Dharmesh Chotalal Rajde Harji Naran Varsani Jason Ramsey Jitendra Nathabhai Ranpariya John Griffin Kantilal Jadavji Bhudia Karsan Ravji Halai Kishor Premji Kerai Mahesh Lalji Patel Manji Keshra Jesani Manji Shivji Banderi Mayur Bharat Dabasia Mohan Kanji Bhudia Nathabhai Haribhai Sheladiya Nitin Babubhai Satani Pankajbhai Harbhai Sheladiya Pareshbhai Gordhanbhai Hirpara Prakash Naran Vekaria Prashant Laxman Pachani Parthivbhai Madhavjibhai Patel Prakash Pindoria Pulkit Gandabhai Patel Ravjibhai Varsani Sachin Patel Savan Ravji Hirani Vijay Kanji Karman Virang Amrutbhai Kachhadiya Bhimji Samji Varsani Dhanji Ramji Bhudia Chad Pengilly Harish Dhanji Lakhani Harish Patel Jaykishan Jagdish Halai Jetan Manji Hirani Govind Kanji Navin Nanji Bechar Arvind Ramji Gajiparia Darpan Girdar Pindoria Devji Naran Rabadia Gopal Rabadia Hiralal Naran Meghani Lalji Karsan Pindoria Mitesh Dabasia


Naran Khetani Kanjibhai Khimji Rabadia Naran Patel Punit Kanji Hirani Ramesh Velji Bhudia Roshan Ravji Halai Shyam Manji Bhanderi Punit Parbat Pindoria Ketan Jeshani Naran Ramji Jeshani Arvind Halai Bishen Vinod Patel Dillion Vinod Kanbi Jitendra Velji Bhudia Kalpesh Manji Varsani Nitin Patel Pravin Pindoria Pravin Hirani Ravilal Dhanji Rabadia Ravji Lalji Hirani Vinod Halai Virji Kurji Karsan Arvind M Limbani Ashvin Manji Amba Devendra Ramji Dinesh Devji Pindoria Dinkar Premji Ashani G D Kanji Harendra K Rabadia Harish Mepani Harshit Vekaria Hetal Varsani Hiren Halai Hitesh Devshi Kerai Hitesh Savaltya Jadvji P Lakhman Jaydip Gajera Kanji Naran Patel Khimji Dabasia Kyle Devshi Lakhu Halai Lalji Kanji Hirani Lalji Rabadia Mahendra Karsan Dabasia Manji Rabadia Mansukhbhai Desai Nikesh Hirani Parbat Jadani Paresh Dabasia Paresh Siyani Parimal Patel Pravin Khimji Rabadia Parbat N Patel

Pravin Khimji Patel Premjibhai Khetani Ramji Varsani Rashmin Patel Ravji K Hirani Suresh Patel Valji Karsan Vipul Halai Virji Patel Vishwesh Jayendrabhai Soni Kishor Lalji Senghani Harish Hirani

Seva We apologise in advance for any names that may have been inadvertently missed out or misspelt.

List

Santaben Jay Varsani Jaimini Prakash Varsani Dhruv Prakash Varsani Puspaben Khimji Patel Shobhnaben Mahendra Varsani Reshmaben Jeetendra Dabasia Nanduben Kantilal Bhudia Amrutben Lakhman Varsani Jasuben Bharat Dabasia Jasuben Naran Lakhani Chandrikaben Ratilal Vekaria Dhanuben Vekaria Manjuben Purshotam Vanitaben Hirani Vishnaben Haresh Kerai Darshitaben Paresh Kerai Tulsiben Laxman Panchani Pritiben Dinesh Khetani Jignaben Pindoria Narmadaben Ravji Rabadia Dhrutiben Varsani Minaxiben Pindoria Dipikaben Dave

Food Preparation Construction Period Manjuben Naresh Parbat Dhanuben Ravji Halai Santaben Keshor Patel Radhaben Vinod Hirani Premilaben Hirji Vekaria Dhanuben Ravji Amba Manjulaben Samji Harsiani Vijyaben Lalji Karsan Nimuben Ketan Bhojani Manuben Govind Bhudia Bhartiben Sanjay Bhudia Pritiben Vatsal Pindoria Reshmaben Jagdish Kerai Nitaben Shanti Pindolia Kalpaben Pretesh Hirani Santokben Vishram Pindoria Meenaben Devji Rabadia Diptiben Chandresh Patel Dakshaben Harish Mepani Hansaben Kalyan Bhudia Sambai Premji Halai Kantaben Harish Halai Ranjanben Hitesh Kerai Pragnaben Ajit Khokhani Nitaben Vijay Patel Rekhaben Prakash Varsani Hansaben Harish Kara

Radhaben Raghwani

Pushpaben Suresh Bhudia Renaben Arvind Gajiparia Pushpaben Hirani Pushpaben Pindoria Rasilaben Hirani Kantaben Jessani Kantaben H Halai Bhavnaben Jitu Bhudia Manjuben Bhudia Laxmiben Hirapara Hansaben Sheladiya Kantaben Harish Hirani Jayaben Manji Bhanderi Premilaben Ravji Hirani Kalpnaben Jagdish Halai Dhanbai Kanji Hirani Ratanben Murji Rabadia Dinaben Vijay Karman Devuben Kurji Kerai Santaben Kalyan Halai Dhanbai Dhanji Halai Punamben Jayendrabhai Soni Manishaben Prakash Sangani Hetalben Subhash Kathiriya Jasuben Manji Hirani

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MahotsavEvent

Management

The Mahotsav event management team was formed to ensure the smooth running and coordination of the Murti Pran Pratishtha of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Perth. The Major objective of the team was to ensure that the event can engage, be understood and enjoyed by people of all ages i.e. children, youth, women, men and seniors.

Team

Mahotsav Organising Event Team Pretesh Mavji Hirani (Event Manager) Nitin Dhanji Halai (Secretary) Manji Shivji Bhanderi (Religious Activities) Samji Dhanji Harsiani (Personnel Management) Jagdish Manji Varsani (Logitics and Transport) Naresh Parbat Patel (Catering)

Varsita Rajesh Vekaria (Decoration) Kalpa Pretesh Hirani (Graphics and Design) Pragna Ajit Khokhani (Programmes and Activities) Pushpa Suresh Bhudia (Protocol and Invites) Kishor Jesani (Media and Sound) Sanjay Govind Bhudia (Finance and Procurement)

Co-ordinating Members Haresh Lalji Kerai Ravji Gangji Halai Jiten Samji Harsiani Jayendrakumar Soni Nanji Parbat Ashani Manjula Naresh Patel Kalpna Jagdish Halai Dipti Chandresh Patel Premila Hirji Vekaria Subhash Babubhai Kathiriya Nitin Satani Dilip Devraj Varsani Suresh Lalji Bhudia Minaxi Bipin Hirani Nisha Dilip Varsani

Vishna Haresh Kerai Payal Nirmal Kerai Prexa Patel Hemal Varsani Kishor Lalji Senghani Paresh Vasant Rabadia Khimji Lalji Gorasia Paresh Lalji Kerai Paresh Premji Kara Jagdish Ramji Bhudia Bharat Kanji Dabasia Savan Ravji Hirani Mukesh Lalji Hirani Jayesh Harji Hirani Dhanji Lalji Pindolia

Mayur Bharat Dabasia Vishnu Manji Bhanderi Dhanji Ramji Bhudia Kantilal Vishram Gopal Jasmita Jeshani Jayan Mahesh Ratna Kaushik Bhuva Lakhman Lalji Varsani Shivani Laxman Varsani Jitendra Velji Bhudia Including all the volunteers who have done Seva during the Mahotsav

We apologise for any names that may have been inadvertently missed out or misspelt.

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Mahotsav

Publications & Merchandise Items

Katha

Musical Bhajan night

Raas

Parayan

Shoba

Yatra

Murti Pratishtha

Celebration on 14 January th

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Mandir

Committee Members &Trustees

Name Ravjibhai Gangji Halai

Kundanpur

Vice - President

Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni

Detroj

Secretary

Manjibhai Shivji Bhanderi

Vekra

Assistant Secretary

Nitinbhai Dhanji Halai

Megpar

Treasurer

Hareshbhai Lalji Kerai

Godpar

Assistant Treasurer

Sanjaybhai Govind Bhudia

Madhapar

Internal Auditor

Jagdishbhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Committee member

Prakashbhai Kanji Varsani

Samatra

Committee member

Pravinbhai Khimji Rabadia

Mandvi

Committee member

Preteshbhai Mavji Hirani

Manukva

Committee member

Subhashbhai Babubhai Kathiriya

Ameli

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Nanji Halai

Megpar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia

Madhapar

Trustee

Harjibhai Lalji Bhudia

Manukva

Trustee

Nareshbhai Parbat Patel

Dahisra

Trustee

Samjibhai Dhanji Harsiani

Kera

2010/11

2011/12

Gaam

President

2009/10

Position

Name

Gaam

Position

Name

Gaam

Position

Name

Gaam

Vice - President

Manjibhai Shivji Bhanderi

Vekra

Vice - President

Manjibhai Shivji Bhanderi

Vekra

Vice - President

Devrajbhai Dhanji Gami

Kera

Secretary

Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni

Detroj

Secretary

Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni

Detroj

Secretary

Manjibhai Shivji Bhanderi

Vekra

Assistant Secretary

Nitinbhai Dhanji Halai

Megpar

Assistant Secretary

Nitinbhai Dhanji Halai

Megpar

Assistant Secretary

Jagdishbhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Treasurer

Sanjaybhai Govind Bhudia

Madhapar

Treasurer

Sanjaybhai Govind Bhudia

Madhapar

Treasurer

Sanjaybhai Govind Bhudia

Madhapar

Assistant Treasurer

Hareshbhai Lalji Kerai

Godpar

Assistant Treasurer

Dipakbhai Kanji Rabadia

Baladia

Assistant Treasurer

Dipakbhai Kzanji Rabadia

Baladia

Internal Auditor

Pravinbhai Khimji Rabadia

Mandvi

Internal Auditor

Rupeshbhai Premji Kerai

Sukhpar

Internal Auditor

Sureshbhai Lalji Varsani

Naranpar

Committee member

Jitenbhai Samji Harsiani

Kera

Committee member

Dhanjibhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Committee member

Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni

Detroj

Committee member

Lakhman Lalji Varsani

Manukva

Committee member

Jagdishbhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Committee member

Nitinbhai Dhanji Halai

Megpar

Committee member

Prakashbhai Kanji Varsani

Samatra

Committee member

Preteshbhai Mavji Hirani

Manukva

Committee member

Preteshbhai Mavji Hirani

Manukva

Committee member

Preteshbhai Mavji Hirani

Manukva

Committee member

Prakashbhai Kanji Varsani

Samatra

Committee member

Vatsalbhai Karsan Pindoria

Madhapar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Nanji Halai

Megpar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Nanji Halai

Megpar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia

Madhapar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia

Madhapar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia

Madhapar

Trustee

Harjibhai Lalji Bhudia

Manukva

Trustee

Harjibhai Lalji Bhudia

Manukva

Trustee

Parbatbhai Vishram Patel

Dahisra

Trustee

Nareshbhai Parbat Patel

Dahisra

Trustee

Parbatbhai Vishram Patel

Dahisra

Trustee

Ravjibhai Gangji Halai

Kundanpur

Trustee

Samjibhai Dhanji Harsiani

Kera

Trustee

Vishrambhai Lalji Gopal

Madhapar

Trustee

Vishrambhai Lalji Gopal

Madhapar

Position

Name

Gaam

Position

Name

Gaam

Position

Name

Gaam

Vice - President

Harjibhai Lalji Bhudia

Manukva

Vice - President

Devrajbhai Dhanji Gami

Kera

Vice - President

Kantibhai Vishram Gopal

Madhapar

Secretary

Manjibhai Shivji Bhanderi

Vekra

Secretary

Manjibhai Shivji Bhanderi

Vekra

Secretary

Jagdishbhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Assistant Secretary

Jagdishbhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Assistant Secretary

Jagdishbhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Assistant Secretary

Manjibhai Shivji Bhanderi

Vekra

Treasurer

Nitinbhai Dhanji Halai

Megpar

Treasurer

Nitinbhai Dhanji Halai

Megpar

Treasurer

Nitinbhai Dhanji Halai

Megpar

Assistant Treasurer

Sanjaybhai Govind Bhudia

Madhapar

Assistant Treasurer

Sureshbhai Lalji Varsani

Naranpar

Assistant Treasurer

Sureshbhai Vishram Gopal

Madhapar

Internal Auditor

Sureshbhai Lalji Varsani

Naranpar

Internal Auditor

Ajitbhai Hirji Vaghjiani

Naranpar

Internal Auditor

Sureshbhai Lalji Varsani

Naranpar

Committee member

Devrajbhai Dhanji Gami

Kera

Committee member

Chandrakantbhai Dhanji Pindolia

Madhapar

Committee member

Chandrakantbhai Dhanji Pindolia

Madhapar

Committee member

Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni

Detroj

Committee member

Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni

Detroj

Committee member

Dilipbhai Devraj Varsani

Naranpar

Committee member

Prakashbhai Kanji Varsani

Samatra

Committee member

Pankajbhai Natubhai Vakil

Jambusar

Committee member

Jayendrabhai Harikrushna Soni

Detroj

Committee member

Vatsalbhai Karsan Pindoria

Madhapar

Committee member

Pravinbhai Khimji Rabadia

Mandvi

Committee member

Pankajbhai Natubhai Vakil

Jambusar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Nanji Halai

Megpar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia

Madhapar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Nanji Halai

Megpar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Nanji Halai

Megpar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Ramji Bhudia

Manukva

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia

Madhapar

Trustee

Dhanjibhai Lalji Pindolia

Madhapar

Trustee

Parbatbhai Vishram Patel

Dahisra

Trustee

Parbatbhai Vishram Patel

Dahisra

Trustee

Parbatbhai Vishram Patel

Dahisra

Trustee

Ravjibhai Gangji Halai

Kundanpur

Trustee

Ravjibhai Gangji Halai

Kundanpur

Trustee

Vishrambhai Lalji Gopal

Madhapar

President

Ravjibhai Gangji Halai

Kundanpur

Ravjibhai Gangji Halai

Kundanpur

2007/08

2008/09 President

President

Kantibhai Vishram Gopal

Madhapar

President

President

Kantibhai Vishram Gopal

Madhapar

2006/07 Kantibhai Vishram Gopal

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President

Ravjibhai Gangji Halai

Kundanpur

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