Jalzilani Ekadashi Celebration, Droneshwar - Gurukul Rajkot
As proclaimed in the Purans of Indian Philosophy, during the Chaturmas (period of four months of Monsoon) Bhagawan takes on the snake-bed of Sheshhnarayan in the sea. Resting on serpent shows the dominance of Bhagawan on death. On snake-bed He changes flank and waves get created in the surrounding seawater. Bhagawan swings in this oscillating lap of water. To rejoice this occasion devotees celebrate Jal-zilani festival on Bhadarva Sud Ekadashi to swing the God in the fresh water of river and ponds.
On the bank of river Machchhundri, Shree Droneshwar Mahadev an ancient shrine is situated near Una. Gurukul Saints and thousands of devotees from the surrounding villages of Nagher, Babariyavad and Kathiyavad areas celebrate this festival of Jal-zilani Ekadashi in this divine atmosphere of Droneshwar.
This year on September 4, 2006 a grand procession was taken out from village Fatasar to the bank of the river Machchhundri. Many Raas-Mandals, Dhoon-Mandals from various villages also participated in this wonderful celebration.
In the holly presence of Sadguru Purani Swami Shree Bhaktiprakashdasji Swami and Sadguru Purani Swami Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami and other saints of Gurukul devotees from Itavaya, Fatasar, Dron, Khilavad, Gir-gadhada, Zudavadali, Ghodavadi, Nitli, Vadali, Ambada, Ugala, Harmadiya, Umej, Una, Vadviyala, Moli, Samadhiyala, Timbi, Mansa and other villages participated with great enthusiasm.
In a decorated boat, saints placed Thakoraji to swing in the flow of river. Four Arati were performed in four directions and fresh fruits and vegetables were offered to Thakoraji. Along with Kirtan-Bhakti various kinds of Raas were also presented.
Sadguru Purani Swami Shree Balkrishnadasji Swami explained the significance of celebration and Sadguru Purani Swami Shree Bhaktiprakashdasji Swami blessed the devotees. Over twenty thousand devotees got the privilege to participate in this memorable celebration.