Hari Jayanti Samaiyo
started with the celebration of 50 years of Bal-Balika pravrutti.
Balika girls from group 0 to 3 brought Harikrishna Maharaj
in a palkhi. Group 3 girls did the MC for the entire samaiyo.
Group 1 did Dhoon (Swaminarayan Naam Maaraa Vahlaa) and Prarthana
(Swami Sahajanand Maharaj) followed by a parayan in gujarati
(Vijapur na Vajiba) by group 2. All the sanchalikas did a
wonderful natak "Upliftment of Women" in 6 different
phases. Then a game (Name that Haribhakta) was played by mahila
mandal in which all the vadil mahila participated kishori
mandal performed the raas - juo juo ne sahelio....whereas
yuvati mandal did a slide show on "jab yeh dharti per.."
Los Angeles, CA
On April 10th, Los Angeles Mahila
Mandal celebrated Hari Jayanti festival through spiritual
and cultural presentation.
The celebrations began with balikas making a grand entrance
into the sabha hall, marching down the isle, waving Bal Suvrana
Mahotsav flags and singing "Aa foj amaari aave chhe
The program was introduced by balika MCs respectively, depicting
Shreeji Maharaji's unique characteristics for each upcoming
event. Shishu mandal presented dhoon, "Swaminarayan naam
.." hailing the importance of Swaminarayan
maha mantra. Group 1 balika sang the prathana while group
3 balika sang a devotional kirtan glorifying the mahima of
Shreeji Maharaj. Three members of group 2 balika presented
a balika parayan on Vijapur na Vajiba with verses from the
scripture, Bhaktachintamani. Mahila mandal presented a drama
portraying Shreeji Maharaji's social reforms and women's upliftment
that He had brought about around 200 years ago. The drama
also depicted how Shreeji Maharaj eradicated female infanticide(
dudh piti) and the practice of Sati (self-immolation by a
woman on her husband's pyre). Kishori mandal presented a thrilling
raas that took the audience back in time where Shreeji Maharaj
danced the rass , " Juo Juo Ne Sahelio Aaj
in Panchala with his bhaktos and santos. Yuvati Mandal played
a hindi kirtan through a power point presentation. The celebrations
came to an end with aarti followed by Mahaprasad.
Hari Jayanti samaiyo was celebrated
by Miami Mahila Mandal at Boynton Beach Mandir on April 10th.
Program started with Stuti, Dhoon
and Prarthana performed by Balika Mandal and Shishu Mandal.
Balikas did the M.C. for the whole program in gujarati explaining
in detail the kindness of Shriji Maharaj who came on this
earth for the " Kalyan " of innumerable souls. The
parayan of " Vijapur na Vajiba" was effectively
done to glorify the unbreakable shraddha of Vajiba for Maharaj.
Shishu Mandal performed a dance for the first time in front
of the audience on the kirtan " Swami na Baag ma Khilya
Yuvati Mandal performed a wonderful drama which depicted Maharaj's
overwhelming success in removing the traditions which hindered
Women's development in society as individuals. The most fun
part of the program was the game show "Name that Hariibhakta"
where the audience was asked to participate without any prior
notice which was followed by a folk dance wonderfully choreographed
and performed by the Balikas and Kishoris. And last but not
the least a slide show on the Kirtan "Jab yeh dharti
" was presented making everyone realize that
Maharaj is still doing His work through Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
San jose, CA
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary
of Bal-Balika Mandal, the entire Hari Jayanti samaiyo was
handled by the balika wing which started with Deep Pragatya
followed by Shishu and Balika mandal doing Jaynaad, Stuti
and Dhoon. The parayan on Vijapur Na Vajiba was beautifully
done by 2 balikas from Group 2 followed by a game - Name that
Haribhakta with different representatives of mandals called
to participate in this game. A play depicting the life of
Monghi Ba was performed by mahila mandal. The final program
was Antakshari in which the kishori mandal participated heartily.
A distinguished CEO of a software company graced the occasion
by a speech on the importance of a woman's role in society.
The MC for the entire samaiyo was done by different balikas
in gujarati which was very inspirational.
For the very first time in San Jose, the whole samaiyo was
sponsored by 77 sponsors.
Around 250 ladies and girls attended the samaiyo.
On April 27th, Phoenix Mahila
Mandal celebrated Harijayanti samaiyo. that was attended by
mahilas including kishoris and balikas. The festivities began
with stuti and dhoon followed by prarthana and devotional
kirtan exalting Bhagwaan Swaminarayan. The events of the program
were announced by MCs respectively, recalling on the prasangs
and incidences on Shreeji Maharaj and Pujya Pramukh Swami
Maharaj, following that purticular event. A mahila member
conducted the Parayan on Vijapur na Vajiba from Harililamrut
followed by a game called Name that Haribhakta by yuvati mandal.
Balika Mandal delighted the devotees in the audience with
their beautifully choreographed dance hailing the glory of
Pramukh Swami Maharaj. All the devotees present enjoyed playing
the raas "Juo juo ne Sahelio
." The samaiyo
came to an end with vote of thanks followed by aarti and mahaprasaad.
The Hari Jayanti samaiyo started
with Shishu mandal doing the Jaynaad and Group 2 & 3 balikas
singing dhoon and prarthana. A parayan from Bhaktachintamani
and plays on "Stree Utkarsh na Shiromani Shri Hari"
portraying Jetalpur ni Ganika, Brahmanand Swami and Jivu Ba
and Ladu Ba was beautifully done by mahila mandal. A traditional
dance on Bharatnatyam was performed followed by a speech on
Bhaktavatsal Shri Hari. At the end everyone did samuh aarti.
The Northeast Balika Mandal grandly celebrated Hari Jayanti
on the 24th day of April in Jersey City, New Jersey. With
an attendance of over seven hundred women, the event was a
great success. The following northeast centers participated
in the samaiyo: Atlantic City, Boston, Cherry Hill, Clifton,
Edison, Fall River, Jersey City, New York, Westchester, Philadelphia,
and Washington D.C. Promptly at 2:30 PM, the young balikas
embarked everyone upon a magnificent journey commemorating
the life of Bhagwaan Swaminarayan. Balikas from the ages of
five to fourteen took the roles of MCs, narrators, and game
show hosts, enlightening the audiences with their unique speaking
eloquence in the native tongue of Gujarati. An exceptional
parayan on Vajiba, a stanch devotee during Maharaj's time,
mesmerized the audience. Additionally, numerous dramas displaying
the divinity of Maharaj's devotees were wonderfully enacted
by the small balikas. They also showed how traditional practices
such as sati, dowry were haulted by Bhagwaan Swaminarayan
and how He played a vital role in the upliftment of women.
Various traditional dances were also performed by the balikas-
creating more enthusiasm in the environment. Game shows such
as "Name that Haribhakta" tested the knowledge of
the audiences and slideshows built lasting memories. The samaiyo
came to a close when samuh aarti was conducted and everyone
enjoyed the savory dishes served during dinner. Indeed the
Balikas had done a marvelous job in holding this event and
their hard work and dedicated was thus reflected.