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12 Million Pay Tribute During Pramukh Swami Maharaj Centenary Celebrations


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A recent month-long spectacle that attracted over 12.1 million people eager to pay tribute to Pramukh Swami Maharaj was enough to understand the regard and love people have for Maharaj.

The closing day of the ceremony was January 15 during which a grand devotional tribute was given in presence of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj. The month-long exhibits and events were held at the Pramukh Swami Maharaj Nagar.

The event was a perfect window to the life and works of Swami Maharaj. The massive scale of the event can be analyzed by the fact that during the blood donation drive 5.6 million cc of blood was donated. The replica of Swaminarayan Akshardham, Swami Maharaj’s 30 foot sculpture, light and sound show and the grand entrance gate were some of the attractions at the event.

Senior BAPS swami Viveksagardas Swami then spoke about Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life and the physical and mental sacrifices he made for everyone in society. Pramukh Swami Maharaj gave everyone knowledge, peace and stability. His travels were for the joy and betterment of others. Thereafter, testimonials of visitors to Pramukh Swami Maharaj Nagar were shown who spoke about their unforgettable memories of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

The final part of the grand finale program focused on how even the future will not be able to forget Pramukh Swami Maharaj. His spirituality was beyond the boundaries of time. Each senior swami of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha then spoke about a quality of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Ghanshyamcharandas Swami began with a prayer, after which Tyagvallabhdas Swami spoke about Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and his gurus. Bhaktipriyadas Swami described Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s saintliness, while Swayamprakashdas Swami (Doctor Swami) illustrated how Pramukh Swami Maharaj saw everyone equally. Ishwarcharandas Swami then spoke about Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s endearing humility.

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