AHMEDABAD, INDIA, January 17, 2023 (GG2.net): His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016), the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, was on Sunday, January 15th, given a grand devotional tribute in the closing ceremony of his centenary celebrations in India in the divine presence of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, his spiritual successor. In the month-long festival, more than 12 million people visited the exhibitions and attractions at Pramukh Swami Maharaj Nagar in Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat and were inspired to live better lives. The venue hosted a variety of exhibitions, seminars, films, shows, and other engaging events, each imparting a unique lesson from the inspiring life of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Millions watched the evening assemblies held every day for the past one month, whether physically at the Nagar or over webcast and learned about Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life and work from speeches given by senior swamis and dignitaries from around the world.

The grand finale ceremony of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centenary celebrations, titled “We Will Not Forget You,” commenced at 5.00 pm IST. As hundreds of thousands of devotees from around the world assembled, BAPS bands played to welcome them. The assembly began with the singing of devotional hymns followed by the grand entrance of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj on a decorated chariot. Youth presented dance performances on stage to welcome him. Selected devotees shared their personal experiences with the late spiritual guru and how they will always remember what he has done for them and their families. Each reiterated the point that Pramukh Swami Maharaj is always with them. Senior BAPS swami Viveksagardas Swami then spoke about Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life and the physical and mental sacrifices he made for everyone in society.

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