CALIFORNIA, U.S., December 23, 2012 (Himalayan Academy): On the weekend of December 22-23, Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, Publisher of Hinduism Today, and Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami attended the inauguration of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills, near Los Angeles, California. Saturday they toured the mandir and conducted a series of interviews for an article in Hinduism Today about the temple, followed by attending the first part of the Vishwa Shanti Maha Yagna. Finally, they met with Pujya Bhaktipriya Swami, known affectionately as Kotari Swami, one of six revered satgurus of the BAPS fellowship who serve under their head, Sri Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Sunday morning they arrived at the temple early to participate in the official inauguration, opening of the doors and then the Prana Pratishtha of the murtis inside. After the arati they were taken downstairs for abhishekam of Nilkanth Varni, the golden murti of Bhagwan Swaminarayan as a young boy traveling barefoot in the forests of India, then to the giant tent set up as an assembly hall for speeches, video presentations and cultural performances. There, several swamis of the BAPS order spoke, and Bodhinatha gave a short speech. The whole of the morning's events was webcast live, and an edited version should be available soon at www.baps.org.