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FOUNDATION LAID FOR SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE IN CALGARY

August 23, 2020 06:42 PM

Raj Sadosh

Abohar : The foundation stone-laying ceremony of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Calgary, Alberta took place recently by following social distancing protocols. The rituals were performed virtually from Toronto by Pujya Gunsagar Swami, chief of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto, senior Swamis from India & North America were present.

The event was webcast live from the new Mandir site. Over 2,100 families consisting of devotees, community leaders, friends, and well-wishers from across Canada and around the world participatedvirtually from their homes.
Notably swamis inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj had started doing vicharan from the year 2000 in Alberta.

The weekly satsang assemblies started in 2005. In 2007, Pramukh Swami Maharaj instructed Calgary's devotees to search for suitable land to build a mandir. The rest, as they say, is history. In 2013, few devotees started regular satsang activities along with children and women's activities. Satsang flourished with the blessings of BAPS present chief Mahant Swami Maharaj and the regular visits of swamis and senior swamis.

Premier Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta and Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of the City of Calgary in their messages congratulated the community on the occasion."BAPS Swaminarayan community are model citizens who give back far more than they take, and we are so blessed as Albertans to have your community growing and thriving in our midst," said Premier Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.

  

Premier Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta and Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of the City of Calgary in their messages congratulated the community on the occasion."BAPS Swaminarayan community are model citizens who give back far more than they take, and we are so blessed as Albertans to have your community growing and thriving in our midst," said Premier Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.

"As you lay this foundation stone, you're not just laying the foundation for a building. You are laying the foundation for another chapter in the lives of the community. And this temple will stand for generations," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of the City of Calgary.

PP Mahant Swami Maharaj also sent blessings from India on the auspicious occasion saying, "The Shilanyas Vidhi is being completed in Calgary, a place that is extremely cold. All of the devotees are giving their all - physically, mentally and financially for the mandir. They will continue to do this Sewa and ensure that the Mandir is completed. The Shilanyas ceremony is happening now, but only when the mandir will be completed will everyone be satisfied. Such is the faith, devotion and love of the devotees…and everyone will experience profound happiness." the faith, devotion and love of the devotees…and everyone will experience profound happiness."

 
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