BAPS hosts three-in-one festival this March

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The Mandir celebrates Holi, Fuldol and the birthday of Bhagatji Maharaj

March, the month of Phalgun in the Hindu calendar, sees the celebration of several occasions. Hindus all over the world come together to celebrate Holi, the festival of colours, which commemorates the arrival of spring. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, and is a day of rejoicing.

March sees another celebration too – that of Fuldol or the festival of flowers, which is celebrated the day after Holi. But the month also brings immense joy to the devotees of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha as they honour Bhagatji Maharaj, the second spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, on his birthday.

Inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Fuldol has always been celebratedwith immense fervor and zeal, coloured and fragrant water is sprayed by Swamishri on devotees, who feel spiritually charged by being graced with the sanctified water of God. This year, Fuldol was celebrated on 16 March at the BAPS ShriSwaminarayan Mandir in Mill Park.

The festival commenced at 5.00 pm with stuthi, dhun and prathana. The evening progressed with a short video clip of the famous devotee of Lord Swaminarayan, Joban Pagi, a wanted thief turned saint. Incidences and stories of Bhagatji Maharaj were then narrated by devotees, followed by a trip down memory lane with a video highlighting past fuldol moments celebrated with Swamishri. Finally, devotees recited the Arti and were served mahaprasad, a fitting conclusion to what was a memorable day at BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir.

Up next is Patotsav (2nd Anniversary) celebration on Sunday, 6 April from 3.30pm to 7 pm followed by Mahaprasad. Contact BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, 60 Heaths Court, Milla Park, VIC 3082; Tel: 03 9437 6767; Email: info@apac.baps.org

Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Australian Magazine)

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