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Jal Jhalani Celebration

6 September 2003, Saturday, Houston, TX:

Devotees from all over Houston and beyond gathered at the Houston BAPS Temple to celebrate the joyous and auspicious occasion of Jaljhilni Ekadashi. The evening program included devotional kirtans and speeches. One in particular used the analogy of our faith in a pilot to guide an airplane to its right destination to explain how we should submit the reins of our lives to God and his true Saint. Towards the end, the audience was treated to a video presentation of saints observing this special day by taking an idol of Harikrishna Maharaj through a pool of water.

Jal Jhalani Festival Celebration

Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Shri Ganpati Dev

Singing Devotional Songs

Satsang Assembly

7 September 2003, Sunday, Washington DC:

Washington BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir celebrated the Jal Jhilani festival with two special events. In the morning, devotees participated in a three hour boat trip arranged to sail in the Baltimore Harbor. After Vedic Pujan rituals and Arti of Shree Harikrushna Maharaj and Ganpatiji, Yuvak/Vadil mandal performed a devotional Kirtan-bhakti glorifying Leela Charitro of Shriji Maharaj and at the end the murti of Shree Ganpatiji was immersed in the water before reaching the shore.

The evening program, included devotional, melodious kirtans expressing sentiments of "sharnaagati" - surrenderance to the Lord and our beloved Guru. A keynote speech on the importance of the Jal Jhilani elaborated on why our beloved guru Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj is “Sacha Khevan Hara…” - a true redeemer at present. The program was concluded with a video presentation of Pujya Swami Shree’s blessing speech from previous celebrations.


7 September 2003, Sunday, Jersey City, NJ:

Jal Jhilani Ekadashi, which is known as a ‘Parivartani Ekadashi”, was celebrated with great joy in Jersey City. On August 31, 2003, the Jersey City Mandal was fortunate to be host of the New Jersey BAPS Ferry Trip. This three-hour tour of the New York Skyline and the Statue of Liberty commenced at Liberty State Park where two ships waited (one for gentlemen, the other for ladies) with an assortment of snacks and dinner.

Devotees gathered to participate in the festival's evening program included melodious kirtans and a speech explaining the true meaning of Jal Jhilni.

Jal Jhalani Festival Celebration

Dhun - Prathana - Kirtan

Satsang Sabha

7 September 2003, Sunday, Toronto, Canada

The Toronto BAPS mandal celebrated the Jal Jhilani Samaiyo at the newly constructed Haveli in the presence of haribhaktos and guests. Dr. K.C. Patel, President of BAPS North America, performed the pujan of Thakorji prior to the boat ride. Thakorji was seated at the front of the boat symbolizing that He and Swami guide us across this ocean of life. The revelry concluded with prayers to Thakorji for the continual good health of Swamishri, for the smooth and quick completion of Haveli and for the much awaited arrival of Swamishri in the summer of 2004.


© 2003, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith