BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Austin, TX Celebrates Its 10-year Anniversary As Dashābdi Mahōtsav
admin@qs3 | December 22, 2017
By Ashish Patel,
Austin, Texas: November 11 and 12, 2017- BAPS Shri Swaminārāyan Mandir, one of the first Hindu Mandir providing spiritual and community services to the greater Austin area, celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
To commemorate this exciting and momentous milestone for the greater Austin area’s Hindu culture, a two-day celebration called Dashābdi Mahōtsav, took place during the weekend of November 11 and 12, 2017.
With the blessings of BAPS’s spiritual leader, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, devotees and volunteers of the Mandir celebrated Dashābdi Mahōtsav in an environment charged with excitement and devotion.
Community leaders and well-wishers joined devotees from across the greater Austin area for the festivities.
The two-day celebration included four different programs, where devotees remembered the past ten years of the mandir’s history by looking back upon the development of local youth activities and growth of the Satsang community.
Commencing on Saturday November 11th, the morning was celebrated with a Women’s cultural program which was hosted by women for women.
Over 550 women in attendance enjoyed the cultural program which was depicted by drama, speeches, video presentations, and traditional Indian dances.
The program shed light on the importance of the Mandir and how it helps individual’s spiritual and cultural journey and to lead a moral-based life centered around the Mandir.
“I draw an inspiration every time I see and experience an amazing spirit of togetherness of BAPS volunteers here in Austin and all over the world’ said Seema Govil, Founder and CEO of Cosmo City Media.
The evening session was Kirtan Ārādhnā, a program full of musical melodies and devotional songs with traditional Indian instruments, by Swamis along with haribhaktō of BAPS.
It created a divine atmosphere which was enjoyed by over 650 attendees.
On second day, Sunday November 12th, the celebrations continued with a Mahāpujā and Annakut in the morning. In Mahāpujā a sacred pujā with Vedic ritual was performed by Swamis to offer prayer to Bhagvān for harmony, everlasting peace in family, and future endeavors.
The Annakut was a display of numerous unique thāls (vegetarian delicacies like snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit snacks, and other items) prepared by devotees and offered to Bhagvān in devotional gratitude.
In the evening, a large cross-section of the Indian-American community attended a grand cultural program which was held at the Klett Performing Art Center, Georgetown, TX.
An audience of over 950 were overjoyed by the drama, spiritual discourses, and folk dances performed by youth of BAPS. The central theme of the Cultural program was “My Mandir, My Home” which conveyed the message of benefits the Mandir has on individuals, families, and the community as a whole.
“It was neat to see the message of “In the joy of other lies our own” through today’s program which also showed the importance of having morality, character, faith, culture, and values in our lives. BAPS does great service for the Austin community with walkathon, health fair, and raising funds for other charities” said Troy Gay, Assistant Police Chief of Austin.
The two-day celebrations left volunteers and devotees of all ages with countless experiences and memories that will foster their spiritual growth for years to come.
Devotees relived the past ten years of the mandir’s history by looking back upon the development of local youth activities and growth of the Satsang community.