Kalash Pujan marks important moment for BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, NJ

Devotees came for the Kalash Pujan carried out at the Robbinsville, NJ, BAPS Swaminarayan temple to mark an important moment in the building of the place of worship. PHOTO: BAPS

August 30, 2023, marked an important moment in the making of the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The occasion was commemorated with Kalash Pujan which took place in the presence of the organization’s spiritual leader, Mahant Swami Maharaj, on the auspicious day of Rakshabandhan, a press release from BAPS said.

It was considered a pivotal moment in the Akshardham journey: the sanctification of the kalash, that would be placed at the apex of the Swaminarayan Akshardham. A Kalash is an essential element of traditional Hindu mandirs- a metaphorical sacred pot of nectar that holds great religious significance. Amid Vedic chanting, a total of 18 kalashes were consecrated.

Eighteen kalashes were consecrated to mark a pinnacle moment in the building of BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Robbinsville, NJ, August 30, 2023. PHOTO: BAPS

Volunteers have contributed millions of hours in the making of Akshardham over 12 years, to fulfil the wish of their late spiritual leader, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, to create a place where one and all can feel at peace and find inspiration to lead a virtuous life, the press release said.

“Upon completion, the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham will stand as a landmark of Hindu art, architecture, and culture in the Western hemisphere,” BAPS said.

In his address, Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharandas Swami is quoted saying, “The kalash is considered significant because upon its placement, the shikhar becomes complete. When it adorns the shikhar, its inherent beauty flourishes, and it fills us with profound joy.”

Mahant Swami Maharaj is quoted saying, “The divine culmination of all efforts is symbolized by the kalash atop Akshardham. Today, as we embrace the significance of Rakshabandhan, the day of protection, remember that Bhagwan Swaminarayan himself stands as our shield.”



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