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THOUSANDS OF BAPS SAINTS AND DEVOTEES PARTICIPATE IN WORLDWIDE 'PRAKRITI VANDAN'

August 31, 2020 08:18 PM

Abohar (Face2News)

To raise the awareness for environment, spiritual head of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Mahant Swami Maharaj, as well as thousands of BAPS swamis and devotees throughout India and the world performed ‘Prakriti Vandan’ – special worship rituals to trees and plants to honor their role in sustaining life on earth.

The special rituals, performed while adhering to coronavirus safety guidelines, included chanting of the Vedic Shanti Path (Universal Peace Prayer), and pujan and aarti of a tree or plant.

While performing the honor rituals in Nenpur (Gujarat) Mahant Swami Maharaj said, “Pramukh Swami Maharaj frequently said that if you take care of nature, nature will take care of you. He inspired people to plant hundreds of thousands of trees and guided us on how to care for nature and the environment. Let us all resolve today to protect the environment and ensure a healthy human future.”

While performing the honor rituals in Nenpur (Gujarat) Mahant Swami Maharaj said, “Pramukh Swami Maharaj frequently said that if you take care of nature, nature will take care of you. He inspired people to plant hundreds of thousands of trees and guided us on how to care for nature and the environment. Let us all resolve today to protect the environment and ensure a healthy human future.”

 As per the wish of Mahant Swami Maharaj, 1,100 BAPS sadhus and thousands of devotees in India, the UK, USA, Canada, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and other BAPS centers worldwide performed the special rituals.

Of special note is that several historic and sacred trees were among those worshiped. In Sarangpur, Doctor Swami honored the Shami tree sanctified by Bhagwan Swaminarayan; in Ahmedabad, Tyagvallabh Swami worshiped a neem tree planted at the request of Shastriji Maharaj; at Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Ishwercharan Swami honored the generations-old banyan tree sanctified by Yogiji Maharaj; and at Akshardham in New Delhi, Dharmavatsal Swami and other saints performed pujan of the jambu tree sanctified by Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Such widespread participation in these worship rituals was a fitting tribute to the environmental activities inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj as BAPS continues to celebrate his birth centenary.
+ Photos of Mahant Swami Maharaj and other senior saints performing Poojan

 
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