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Maruti Yagna & Hanuman Jayanti

According to the tales narrated in the Puran, Sage Narad once performed immense penance in the Himalayas for attainment of further spiritual enlightenment. The demi-gods tried to break His penance but were unsuccessful in doing so. Sage Narad was bound by ego when He came to this realisation and boasted to (Bhrama, Vishnu, Mahesh) about His achievements. This ego had to be broken for Narad’s own welfare in devotion.

Narad visited the kingdom of King Sheelnidhi where He fell in love with princess Shirmati and wanted to marry her. He came to know that the King had organised a Swayamvar (where a woman chooses her future husband among host of eligible suitors). He went to Lord Vishnu and asked him to make him as handsome as the Lord Himself. Lord Vishnu granted him the handsomeness of his physic but made his face look like a monkey.

Hastily, Narad came to the Swayamvar and took to His seat. The princess was aghast when she saw Narad who looked very ugly with His monkey face. Later Narad came to know of the trueness of His physic and in an emotional outburst cursed Lord Vishnu that He will suffer separation from His wife when he takes a human form. The Lord humbly accepted this curse knowing this will be the future event in the great epic of Ramayan. Narad later realised his mistake and also said that with the help of monkeys, Lord will be able to locate His wife’s whereabouts and be able to rescue her.

Anjani and Kesari performed penance on Lord Shiva to attain a son. They were blessed when Lord Shiva appeared and gave them a boon that His divine energy will be born through Anjana with assistance from Vayu Dev (Demi-God of Wind).

When Maruti, devoured the Sun seeing it as a big red tasty fruit, the whole world became engulfed in darkness. Indra broke Maruti’s jaw (Hanu) with his Vajra weapon. Unconcious Maruti was later given boons of powers and valour by various Demi-Gods and was then famously known as Hanuman.

Facts about Hanuman Ji:

Hanuman is known as the 11th incarnation of Lord Shiva, whose purpose of advent on earth was in the Tretayug to serve Lord Shree Ramchandra.

Later in Dwaparyug, He served Lord Shree Krishna during the Mahabharat by resting on Arjun’s charriot and protecting it from destruction. In Kaliyug during Lord Swaminarayan’s time, He served Him both during childhood and forest adventures (Van Vicharan).

Hanumanji is one amongst the seval Immortals (Chiranjeevi) as mentioned in the Bhaktchintamani in a conversation between Dharmadev and Bhaktimata. Until the start of the next Satyug, He is present in divine form ever engaged in the service of the Lord and also protecting His devotees.

In various Vachanamrut, Lord Swaminarayan praises Hanuman for His stauch and chaste devotion.

Gopalanand Swami established the idol of Hanumanji in Sarangpur where till today Hanuman Ji breaks the sorrows of those who seek His help. The entire discourse for this event is described in great detail within the 10th Kalash of Harileelamrut by Acharya Viharilalji Maharaj of Vadtal.

Ram Navmi & Shree Swaminarayan Jayanti

On the day of Chaitra Sud Navmi, Samvat 1837, at 10.10pm, all the planets were at its usual positions and Vasant season was ongoing. It is in this circumstances that Almight Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan was born to Bhaktidevi and Dharmapita inoder 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.

On the same day in Tretayug, Shree Ramchandra Bhagwan was born to Kaushalyamaa and DashrathRaja at 12 noon. Therefore we should do the aarti of Bhagwan at 12 noon on Chaitra Sud Navmi. Swaminarayan Bhagwan has emphasised his followers to do the Ram Navmi Vrat in both Shikshapatri and Satsangi Jeevan

Bhavya Raasotav

Brief Information about the Utsav at bhuj : A celebration surely not to miss. Whether you can physically be in Bhuj or take part via the live broadcast, do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity, when together we will celebrate Shree HariKrishna Maharajs 150th anniversary. Various offerings will be taking place throughout this month such as mantralekhan, dhun and jaap yagna before the event kicks off on 22nd February with the recital of Shrimad Satsangi Jeevan by saints from Bhuj Mandir. This event will be graced by His Holiness Acharya Maharajshree from Ahemdabad.

Raasotsav will be at our temple (shree tanzania swaminarayan mandir)

Tulsi Vivah

This day marks the marriage of Lord Vishnu (Shaligram) with Tulsi Devi.

Vrinda, the daughter of Kushdhvaj, married the son of the Ocean Demi-God, Jaalandhar. Vrinda was very beautiful and chaste wife (Pativrata). This made Jaalandhar very powerful. He started harassing pious being all over the world with his atrocities.

Once he saw Devi Parvati and looked at her with lustful eyes. He challenged Lord Shiva to engage in a fight with him. Shiva was unable to gain victory over him due to Vrinda’s protective power over Jaalandhar. Parvati pleaded to Lord Vishnu to put an end to Jaalandhar and the only way to resolve this was to break Vrinda’s chastity.

Lord Vishnu took the form of Jaalandhar and stayed with her whilst the original was engaged in a fierce non-ending battle with Shiva. Thus, the vow of fidelity was unwittingly broken by Vrinda and Lord Shiva was able to annihilate the demon.

When Vrinda came to know about this, she cursed Lord Vishnu to become a black stone, which came to be known as Shaaligram. Lord Vishnu too cursed her to become a tree and hence Vrinda came to be known as Tulsi (Holy Basil).

Lord Vishnu gave Tulsi a boon that every year of Kartik Sud Poonam will be celebrated as their marriage ceremony which is known as Tulsi Vivah.

Diwali 2016

Deepavali or Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in Sanatan Dharma which, comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra. Deepavali means a continuous line of lamps (‘Deep’ means light, and ‘avali’ means a continuous line). Thus, this is the time to celebrate with brightness.

This festival is regarded as a celebration of life and also an occasion to strengthen family and social relationships. This day marks the last day of the Sanatan Dharma Calendar year.


Why Festival of Lights?

It is known as such due to the ways of its observance. The festival is celebrated with activities like holding dazzling fireworks displays, lighting rows of candles and earthen lamps around individual homes.
What happened during Diwali?

In the Era of Tretayug, Lord Ramachandra was sent into exile for 14 years by the orders of His father, Dasharath. Whilst in exile the evil demon king of Lanka, Ravana abducted Devi Sita with deceit. The Lord became victorious by annihilating him on Vijaya Dashmi. The people of Ayodhya longed for His return and when He did, they celebrated the homecoming by brightening their homes with earthen lamps and decorated the entire city in the grandest manner celebrating victory of good over evil in the honour of their king.

Sharad Poonam

Sharad Poonam is an auspicious day when the moon is the closest to the earth in the year. Devotees celebrate by performing Rasa Dance and Singing Devotional Songs to the accompaniment of musical instruments. An offering of Dudh Pawa (rice in thick milk) is served to the Lord on this special day and Devotees enjoy the remnants (Prasada)

On this day, Lord Shree Krushna performed the divine dance (Rasa Leela) with the Gopis in Vrundavana. The discourse for this pastime can be found in Shreemad Bhagwatam – Raas Panchaadhyay Katha Canto 10 (29-33).

Lord Shree Swaminarayan also performed the Divine Rasa in Panchaala in Jina Bhais Darbaar, which Acharya Viharilalji Maharaj has described in a Kirtan He has composed.

Jaljilani (Parivartni) Ekadashi

On the day of Parivartni Ekadashi, Bhagwan continues to rest for the period of monsoon in the middle of the ocean on the head of Shesh Narayan until Kartik Sud Prabodhini Ekadashi. This day carries great importance for those who observe their Vrat accordingly, as it is a day to wash away one’s sins.

‘Parivartini’ means ‘of change’ and represents the time when Shesh-Shayi Narayan (form of God laying on the serpent Shesh), changes His side and faces the East.

We should all do darshan of Bhagwan and try to give items such as yoghurt, rice and silver coins as alms. We should also try to stay awake through the night, and practice devotion to Shree Hari by singing His glory and keep our utmost faith in Him for it is only these actions that can help us in achieving moksha.

This day is traditionally celebrated, by placing Bhagwan in a wooden boat and floating him on water. It is reminiscent of the time when Krishna Bhagwan took the gopis of the village on a boat ride across the sacred River Yamuna.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Swaminarayan instructs His followers in the 84th verse of the Shikshapatri to offer obeisance to Vishnu, Shiva, Ganapati, Parvati and the Sun. Shatanand Swami honoured Him in the 77th mantra of the Janamangal Namavali (Aum Panchayatan-Sanmanaay Namah) which highlights the Shikshapatri verse.
In the 127th verse of the Shikshapatri, Lord Swaminarayan instructs the Acharyas (Spiritual heads of the Nar Narayan Dev and Laxmi Narayan Dev diocese) to perform worship of Ganapati on the fourth day of the bright half of the month of Bhadrapada and that of Hanuman on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Ashwin.
As per the Ganapati-Khanda of the Bhramavaivarta Purana, Ganapati/Ganesh is considered an incarnation of Lord Shree Krishna and has been established as first worshippable deity amongst the Gods.

Shree Ghanshyam Baal Mohotsav

Shree Ghanshyam baal mandal and Shree Yuvak/Yuvati Mandal Bhuj have organised a 2 day mohotsav to commemorate 5th anniversary of ghanshyam baal mandal 20th and 21st Aug. The Mohotsav will start in morning on 20th August and ends on 21st August; the event will be Graced by bramnisth santo from bhuj mandir.

Devotess are required to fill up the form and submit it back by 16th aug. Form is available from temple priest shastri tushar vyas.