BAPS meet in New Jersey

Baps Mandir
Baps Mandir

CHICAGO: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) commenced the Festival of Inspirations in Robbinsville, NJ, in the auspicious presence of Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS, and David Fried, the Mayor of Robbinsville, NJ on July 16, 2023.

The festival is a celebration that exalts the rich tapestry of diversity, art, architecture, values, and culture of Hinduism from intricately crafted sculptures to mesmerizing dance performances and soul-stirring programs, the festival serves as a gateway to ancient wisdom and timeless teachings.  It is an invitation to embrace the values and principles that have withstood the test of time, fostering a deeper understanding of oneself and the world.

baps mahant
Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS

Through this immersive journey, the Festival of Inspirations invites all to carry the spark of inspiration back to their own lives, spreading its transformative energy far and wide.

“The Festival of Inspirations serves as a platform for people from all walks of life to discover and embrace the universal values that bind us together,” said Alak Parmar, Women’s Activities National Coordinator at BAPS. “Through cultural showcases and inspirational stories, we aim to engage awiderange of audiences and create a meaningful impact. This festival will inspire and empower individuals to lead lives filled with compassion, understanding, and harmony.”

The festival will have uniquely designed programs for youth, professionals, and community members that aim to inspire and uplift. Various events are planned, including a blood drive that will foster the spirit of giving back and a shared sense of purpose among all generations. A traditional three-month-long Vedic yagna will be performed to offer heartfelt prayers for peace and harmony with oneself and with the world.

This landmark of Hindu architecture and culture bridges the rich heritage of ancient India with the vibrant modernity of America. Beyond being a place of worship, the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham will serve as a dynamic community center, welcoming diverse individuals for engagement and learning. It stands as a testament to the peaceful coexistence of the Indian American community in the United States and pays tribute to the dedicated spirit of service and devotion displayed by countless volunteers involved in its creation.

Baps Gathering
Baps Gathering

The event began with devotional bhajan, traditional dances, and speeches on the
importance of values and festivals. PujyaAnandswarupdas Swami explained the significant influence of leading a life rooted in values, while Sadguru Ishwarcharandas Swami underscored the personal development that attendees gain from participating in such festivals. The festival, which will continue for three months, was inaugurated by Mahant Swami Maharaj, who reinforced the significance of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham as a beacon of lifelong values, poised to inspire not only the present attendees but future generations as well.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the late spiritual leader of BAPS, had a simple but enduring
vision: “May the essence of peace and inspiration embrace all who enter BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham.” The soon-to-be-completed BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham campus hopes to fulfill Due to limited space, participation in these programs requires pre-registration. Interested individuals can watch the events through a live webcast at https://na.baps.org. For detailed information on daily campus timings, please visit baps.org/robbinsville.