Last updated: September 26, 2022, 9:35 PM IST
In what can be called another crown on Nashik, BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir’s praasad pravesh brought a new wave of joy to his numerous devotees. Of murti pranpratishtha which will take place on Friday is of immense importance to both the swamis and the devotees this week. A grand procession will be held on Tuesday, September 27, followed by the installation of the Vedokta idol on Wednesday.
Sadhu Tirthaswarupdas, who took part in the temple processions, says this is an important week for the ancient holy city of Nashik. “The yagya was performed by Mahan Swami Maharaj, the pramukh of Akshardham Temple. Tomorrow is the bhavya nagar yatra of the murtis. The procession will be 3 kilometers long. We have participants from different groups who will enrich this procession”, he explains.
The temple is located on the banks of the river Godavari. The river is unparalleled in its significance to Hindus. “The Godavari River is just as important to Hindus as the Ganges River. Nashik becomes more important because it dates back to the era of the Vedas. Lord Rama himself gave way to Panchavati. This is another reason why the erection of the temple becomes important,” he adds.
The structure of the temple is carved out of stone and has walkways around the central shrine so that worshipers can walk around the shrine. In addition, the decorative marble designs make walking through the temple’s corridors incredibly enriching. “The stones used to carve the temple have the strength to withstand hundreds of years. Such has been the case with ancient temples across the country.”
Adding to the charm of the temple are the immaculate Ramayana and Mahabharata carvings. This form of narrative technique has been at the forefront of the country’s civilizational history and can be seen from Angkor Wat to the caves of Ajanta and Ellora.
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