#7 | Visit to Akshar Dham & Barsana
Following the Master | Holi Vrindavan India 2020
On the seventh day of the Holi Celebration journey, the entire group visited with Gurudev the famous Akshar Dham, a grand Hindu temple and a spiritual-cultural campus, which is a tribute to the life and teachings of Swaminarayan. The complex astonishes with its exquisite architecture. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed inside.
The group was taken on a tour, during which we first watched a movie about the life of Swaminarayan, were taken on a small boat trip with an interactive presentation about the rich heritage of Indian culture and science, and then saw another interactive presentation on the teachings of Swaminarayan. After receiving prasad, the group attended a beautiful arati, which ended with a very impressive modern water show depicting a story of demigods becoming too proud of their powers. Lord Narayana Himself came to them in the disguise of a child to teach them humility by challenging them to simply move a flower placed by Him.
The next day the entire group went to Barsana, the place where Radharani lived and longed for Krishna. After the group climbed up the hill, reached Radharani’s palace and attended arati, everybody joined in ecstatic kirtan, chanting Radha’s name. On the way to Radharani’s temple, the group had also visited Mor Kutir, a sacred place that has witnessed many pastimes of the Divine Couple. In this place, Krishna dressed himself once as a peacock to pacify Radha’s anger and soon they both danced together dressed like peacocks. This place is where Radha’s and Krishna’s peacocks would often dance together and compete with each other, too.
After evening prayers, Swami Paranthapa gave an inspiring talk about the meaning of being a devotee and valuing our relationship with Guruji, as well as taking our spiritual path more seriously. He reminded us how important it is for all of us to always remember our position in our relation with Guruji and to keep our priorities clear.
The day was completed with a Mauritius Independence Day celebration, prepared by Mauritian devotees. The celebration started with singing Indian and Mauritian national anthems, and continued with a joyful presentation of traditional Mauritian songs and dances, soon joined by Guruji Himself and all the devotees.
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