Rarely do several occasions rain on one day where you get to celebrate Bhagatji Maharaj’s birthday, Manu bhagwan jayanti, Fuldol Utsav and Holi. Atlanta Mandal held the samaiyo on Sunday, 16 March 2003. The Kishore Mandal commenced the samaiyo with dhun, prarthana and kirtan. Devotee Shri Bhaveshbhai's speech took the audience back to Maharaj’s time. He emphasized the importance of celebrating religious festivals according to the true dharma. He said that dharma has ten characteristics which are: penance, piety in life, speaking the truth, controlling desires, abstaining from stealing, being thoughtful, right knowledge, refraining from anger, tranquility and forgiveness. In today’s society, man has forgotten the true dharma and is going on a wrong path. The festival of Holi teaches the lesson of paramount bhakti and staunch devotion through the life of Bhakta Prahlad which saved him from the wrath of his own evil father. Faith in God paves the path to happiness and salvation. Shriji Maharaj celebrated this festival with great enthusiasm. Another devotee Shri Nitinbhai further elaborated with illustrations from the scriptures on the point of remembering such festivals during the final moments of life, which leads to atyantik moksha.
16, 2003, the Charlotte Mandal celebrated the Fuldhol Utsav with great
pomp and enthusiasm. In the main shrine, there was a display of the
Fuldhol Utsav that Shriji Maharaj celebrated in Sarangpur. It incorporated
Hari Krishna Maharaj spraying colors with devotees and sadhus. The festival
started at 4:30 pm with sthuthi, dhoon and prarthana. During the samaiyo
kirtans were sung ie. Laage Vaikunthi Roodu Vadtal, Maago Maago Bhagatji
Aaj, and others. Then Dr. K.C. Patel delivered a speech illuminating
the life and achievements of Bhagatji Maharaj. The Kishore Mandal performed
a small drama that taught a lesson about samp, suharadaybhav and ekta.
Yogeshbhai, the Charlotte Mandir pujari, gave a speech about the historic
side of the Holi Utsav. In conclusion, there was a video darshan of
the Holi Festival celebrated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Sarangpur.
Thereafter, arti was performed and prasad was served.
Bartlett - The Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (B.A.P.S.) celebrated Holi on Sunday, March 16th at the Shri Swaminarayan Haveli in Bartlett, IL. Celebrations were held with stupendous devotional fervor amidst hundreds of guests and devotees. Festivities held were not only to celebrate Holi, but also the birthday of Bhagatji Maharaj(1829 - 1897 CE). These celebrations were marked by a three-hour cultural program from 4 to 7 pm, completely organized and performed by B.A.P.S. volunteers and youth.
The 2003 Holi samaiyo was very successful. The program encompassed themes surrounding Holi, Fuldol and Bhagatji Maharaj. The program commenced with the Bal/Kishore Mandal’s singing of traditional stuti, dhun, and prarthana. The balaks and kishores also took part in singing kirtans in the samaiyo such as 'Laage Vaikunth thi rudu Vartal', and others.
The senior devotees also took part in singing various bhajans like 'Radaye Rame re Murti' and 'Mango Mango Bhagatji Aaj' in honor of Brahmswarup Bhagatji Maharaj. Speeches were also given on the topics of "Holine Range" and "Gunatit ne Range" with Bhagatji Maharaj as an ideal example.