Ayurved Diagnostic Centre & Camp - Chharodi, 2003

Poojya Bhandari Swami Shree Hariprasaddasji Swamiji inaugurated “Shree Swaminarayana Satsang Pathashala at Tarvada Gurukul, the birth place of  Shree Shastriji Maharaj on 8th November 2003, by performing poojan with the recitation of Janamangal Stotra.
To propagate the teachings of Shree Swaminarayana Bhagavan, Shastriji Maharaj established GURUKUL-PARAMPARA in the year 1947-1948 aiming to spread “SADVIDYA” by enriching the lives of youth with good culture & true-education.
Very often Sdg. Shree Shastriji Maharaj used to say “If anyone wished to know how the Saints & Hari-Bhaktas led their life during the time of Shriji, they can find it in Shree Swaminarayana Gurukul.”
Guided by the strong vision of Shree Shastriji Maharaj, with the blessings of Pujyapad Shree Jogi Swamiji and propelled by the motivation of Sdg. Mahant Swami Shree Devkrishnadasji Swami and Sdg. Shastri Swami Shree Madhavpriyadasji Swami , Shree Swaminarayana Satsang Pathashala has been established.
In the first year 50 Hari-Bhaktas have enrolled. Admission is based on the age, qualification & ability factor. In addition to spiritual development, personality development is also taken care of. Students are taught various subjects for 2 days to get themselves familiarized with the modern world, bi-monthly.
A new branch of Shree Swaminarayana Gurukul - Rajkot
Vadodara which has carved a niche for itself in the field of education is also known as Chhota-Kashi.
It was a long demand of Haribhaktas to have a Gurukul in Vadodara due to the strong presence of large base of student community which could avail the benefit of Satsang. 
With the inspiration of elder saints For almost 4 years Shastri Shree Premswarup Swami and saints from Surat-Gurukul used to visit Vadodara for spreading spiritual activities by conducting Dhun, Kirtan & special discourses during the Satsang – Sabhas.
It was also a long desire of all devotees to have a Gurukul mainly to spread & nourish the Satsang-movement in & around Vadodara.
By the grace of Lord Shree Swaminarayana Bhagawan, a Nagar Grihastha who is devoted to educational welfare of society, inspired by the various activities of Shree Swaminarayana Gurukul-Rajkot, donated land on national high way for a noble cause of establishing a Gurukul in Vadodara for the benefit of all.
On 4th November, Tuesday the auspicious day of Prabodhini-Ekadashi, Prabhuparayana Jogi Swami Shree Hariprakashdasji Swamiji performed Bhoomi-Poojan & Shilanyasa (Foundation-laying) ceremony in a traditional way at the Gurukul at Varnama site which is located on the national-highway, 6 kms. from Maneja octroi check post towards Surat.
To bless this occasion Sdg. Mahant Swami Shree Devkrishnadasji & Kothari Swami Shree Harijivandasji along with other Saints participated in the Poojan-Vidhi.
Poojya Swami Shree Devkrishnadasji, Sdg. Purani Shree Balkrishnadasji, Sdg. Purani Shree Shreeharidasji, Sdg. Purani Shree Dharmavallabhadasji informed about the plans & details of new Gurukul to the Haribhaktas in the gathering after the Bhoomi-Pooja & Shilanyasa ceremony.
It was certainly a great feast to the eyes of Haribhaktas as Saints allover from Rajkot, and branch Gurukuls along with more than 3000 Haribhaktas from Vadodara, Surat & Ahmedabad attended the memorable event.
 
HARIKATHA IN SANSKRIT
September 27, Chharodi, 'Darshanam' Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya run by Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratishthanam, organises various activities every year to promote the divine language, Sanskrit.
In support of the above, this year series of Harikathas starting form 24th September 2003 to 27th September 2003 were organized by renowned Harikatha-orator Vidwan Shree Shankar Bhatt of Shree Swarnavalli Mutt, Sonda – Sirsi (Karnataka).
 
The Harikathas were held as mentioned :-
 
24.09.03 - Prahlad Charitam
 
ShreeSwaminarayanGurukul,Chharodi
 
25.09.03 - Ahalya-uddhar
 
ShreeBrahmarshiSanskrit Vidyalaya,Nadiad
 
26.09.03 - Dhruv Charitam
 
ShreeBhagavatVidyapithSola, Ahmedabad
 
27.09.03 - Sita-anveshanam
 
Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul, Chharodi
 
27.09.03 - Prahlad Charitam (Kannada)
 
ShreeKarnatakaSangh, Chharodi
 
 
Vidwan Shree Shankar Bhatt conducted the Harikatha in traditional style and won the hearts of Haribhaktas all over with his proficiency, mastery over the language and oratory skills in Sanskrit. He was assisted by Shree Mahesh Bhatt and Shree Tirumalesh  Bhatt on harmonium and percussion all the way from Karnataka. Haribhaktas were very much inspired by the Harikatha.
The whole programme was conducted in traditional style right from Vedic Prarthana to Vedic Rashtra Geet.
 
The presidents for the Harikathas were Purani Swami Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami, Shree Dahyabhai Shastri, Shree Bhagvat Rushiji, Shree Narendrabhai Shastrijee, Purani Shree Bhakritprakashdasji Swami along with Chief Guests as Dr. Bhagavatiprasad Pandya, Dr. Gautambhai Patel, Shree Phoolshankar Shastrijee and Dr. Vasantkumar Bhatt.
The programs were anchored by Shree Laxminarayan Bhatt, Shree Sureshbhai Vyas, Shree Kalidasbhai Thakar and Shree Arjunkumar Samal. 
Vote of thanks was presented by Shree B. V. Rampriya. 
Sanskrit Sahitya Academy, Gandhinagar had kindly accepted the sponsorship of the Harikatha at Nadiad. Shree B. V. Rampriya on behalf of 'Darshanam' Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, expressed deep sense of gratitude to the Sanskrit Sahitya Academy for its remarkable services and contributions to promote Sanskrit.
In his vote of thanks Shree B. V. Rampriya on behalf of 'Darshanam' Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya thanked Sadguru Mahant Shree Devkrishnadasji Swami, Sadguru Shastri Shree Madhavpriydasji Swami,  and Sadguru Purani Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami for their support and also Parshad Shri Shamji Bhagat for providing all arrangements. A special mention was also made about the saints of Gurukul.
Best Wishes were received from His Holiness Shree Shree Gangadharendra Swamiji (Karnataka), Professor Kutumbshastriji (Vice Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi), Shree C.S. Kaniyal (Deputy Director, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi) on this auspicious occasion.
 
 Inauguration of Ayurved diagnostic Centre and diagnostic camp
 
At Gurukul Chharodi splendid activities of Gaushala (Kamdhenu Gausadanam) are going on since many years. More than 200 cows and calves are being serviced devotionally in the direction to conserve and cultivate the rituals of Gurukul heritage. Without any professional purpose, Gaushala's products are being utilised for students and medical uses for society.   
 
Presently by means of medicines from Gau-mutra (cow urine) and Gaumutra-ark (Gavamrut - distilled Gau-mutra), many people have benefited in various diseases. Due to its quick relief result to expand these services on greater scale an Aurvedic diagnostic centre known as AMRUTAROGYAM was inaugurated on 16th February 2003 at Gurukul Chharodi.  AMRUTAROGYAM will provide services with the research work on Gau-mutra and Ayurved.
 
On the occasion of 15th Punyatithi of H.H. Shastrji Maharaj Shree Dharmajivandasji Swami, this new step of Socio-medical service was inaugurated from the holy hands of famous Vaidya Shree Balkrishnabhai Vaidraj in presence of saints and other doctors of  Ayurved.
 
This inauguration was followed by a useful Ayurved diagnostic camp. In this multi-dieses diagnostic camp nine Ayurvedic specialist doctors bestowed services for diagnosis of various diseases along with children and feminine diseases and free medicines were also supplied. About 300 patients have been taken the benefit of this free medical camp.
 
Moreover AMRUTAROGYAM will provide services on every Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am ay Chharodi Gurukul and at Ahmedabad Gurukul on every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
 
Upakarma - Rakshabandhan
 
 
On the eve of ‘Shravani Poonam’ Rakshabandhan was celebrated in a traditional way on Tuesday the 12th Aug, 2003. At Gurukul Chharodi, for the Brahmakumars of Darshanam Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, it was the day of significant importance for changing to new Sacred Thread (Yagnopavitam). Hence ‘Upakarma Yajna’ was performed at ‘Yajnashala’.
 
The program began with Rishi Poojan and was followed by Yajna, Atonement process (Prayaschitta) and Dashavidhi-snan (Holy Bath) after which new Yagnopavitam was worn by the Brahmakumars under the guidance of Vedic Pandits. Pujya Swami Balkrishnadasji graced the occasion by tying Rakshasutra(Holy Thread) to all the brahmakumars with Blessings.
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