INDIA, January 13, 2023 (The Week): In the first week of November last year, Dr. Vishal Changela was attending patients at his clinic in Ahmedabad. In December, the focus changed completely and he was seen in the field, braving chilly winter from morning till late evening. A pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Changela, has been attending guests at the Pramukh Swami Maharaj Satabadi Mahotsav at the Pramukh Swami Nagar, specially set up on the ring road in Ahmedabad. The month-long event that draws to a close on Sunday has been organized by Bochasanwasi Aksharpurshottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. Born as Shantilal Patel, Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the fifth successor of Lord Swaminarayan. He passed away on August 13, 2016.
“I have been inspired by the way Pramukh Swami Maharaj served the society in more than one way,” said Dr. Changela, who has been doing seva (service) at the event that has seen a daily footfall of 250,000 to 300,000 visitors on weekdays and around 450,000 to 550,000 on weekends. The event was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dr. Changela is among the 80,000 plus volunteers, right from vice presidents of top firms to doctors, chartered accountants, teachers, lawyers to even workers who have made it possible for the visitors for a hassle-free experience at the Nagar spread over 600 acres of land.
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