Shri Hari sets out for an enchanting boating experience during the festival of Guru Purnima
On the morning of the eve of Guru Purnima, dhwajarohan was done atop the five spires of Shri Hari Mandir. Shrimati Vishakhaben Sanghavi and her family from Mumbai were the chief hosts of this ceremony. At 4.30 pm, in keeping with the tradition of Sandipani, Bhaishri felicitated the teachers of Sandipani. Pujya Bhaishri delivered an inspiring lecture elaborating the role of teachers in building the character of the students who would be instrumental in building the future society. Following this, the assembled devotees watched the presiding deities of Shri Hari Mandir set out on an enchanting experience of boating. Under the guidance of Shri Yogeshbhai, the rishikumars of Sandipani carried Shri Laxminarayan and Shri Bal Krishna in a procession, then placed them in the boat and began rowing. Pujya Bhaishri led the rowing of the boat.
The next day, Pujya Bhaishri performed dhwajapujan in Shri Hari Mandir which and the flags were hoisted on top of the spires of the temple. This was followed by the much awaited function of Guru Purnima. First, Pujya Bhaishri led the collective recital of the Guru Gita and gave an enlightening speech to the assembled people. Thereafter, Shrimati Varshaben Upadhyay from Nadiad, the manorathi, performed the first pujan of Pujya Bhaishri, followed by the trustees, teachers of Sandipani, rishikumars, students of Gurukul and other guests.
On this auspicious day of Guru Purnima, Shri Hari’s shringaar was beautifully done with flowers amidst the Girikandra. The evening aarati in Shri Hari temple marked the culmination of the daylong functions.