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Shilanyas Mahotsav

Shri Harikrishna Maharaj graces the ceremony

Swamishri sanctifies the foundation stone

Swamishri performs the Shilanyas Vidhi

Swamishri with all the dignitaries present at the Shilanyas Vidhi

On Saturday, June 19 His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed the Shilanyas Vidhi at Ontario Convention Center for a Shikarbadh Mandir and Cultural Complex proposed to be constructed in Chino Hills. Saints conducted mahapooja rituals as yajmaans (participants of ceremony) participated in the ceremony.

Before Swamishri arrived for the shila pujan, Pujya Doctor Swami explained the importance of mandirs, by conveying Bhagwan Swaminarayan's vision to spread dharma (righteousness).

After Swamishri's arrival into the ceremony, he performed poojan of the shila. Then, Pujya Viveksagar Swami explained the importance of mandirs. Several dignitaries, including a representative from the office of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, were also present at this historic event. The Mayor of Ontario presented a certificate of welcome. Also present was Gary Larson, the Mayor of Chino Hills - the township of the proposed mandir site. He expressed his support of BAPS' mandir construction plan, commenting that "what His Holiness brings is a coordination of family and family values that our community holds very sacred."

In his blessings, Swamishri revealed that all the dignitaries were impressed with the mandir's construction plan. He also stated that when one's feelings and intentions are pure, good things can be achieved. He concluded by praying for the prompt construction of the mandir so that the devotees can take advantage of the peace it offers.

© 2004, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith