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Sanskardham Murti Sthapan Vidhi - Springfield, MA



May 14, 2006
Springfield, MA

With the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, a new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanskardham in Springfield, Massachusetts was inaugurated with great jubilation and festivity. Volunteers spent months in preparation for the opening ceremony. The two-day festival was kick-started with a kirtan aradhana and cultural program on Saturday, May 13.

On May 14, a traditional Vishvashanti Mahapuja was held in the morning. Following the mahapuja, Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami and Pujya Chaitanyamurti Swami joined by other santos, performed the murti-sthapan vidhi to consecrate the murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahm Gunatitanand Swami, Shri Radha-Krishna Dev, Guru Parampara, Shri Sita-Ram and Hanumanji, and Shri Shiv-Parvati and Ganeshji. After the ceremony, an annakut of vegetarian items, prepared by the mahila mandal was offered to the newly consecrated murtis.

Following the ceremony, Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami presented mementos to volunteers involved in building the new sanskardham. Then, Pujya Gunsagar Swami addressed the assembly highlighting volunteer efforts. Pujya Yagnavallabh Swami delivered a speech on the benefits of the new sanskardham for the local community. The Bal Mandal, dressed in traditional costumes, performed a folk dance. Local youths performed several dramas depicting the devotees of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Unexpectedly, devotees were also blessed by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s blessings by telephone from India. Devotees from as far as Boston, Fall River, Hartford, Albany, Groton, New York and Westchester attended the celebrations.

During his visit to the Sanskardham on July 20, 2006 Pujya Kothari Swami performed the pujan of all the murtis.

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