The magnificence, marvel and the grandeur have turned towards Nagpur which gets yet another destination to visit and takes its guests to appreciate its aura. The compelling architecture resembling the sculpture of bygone era and the three peaks of grand Swaminarayan Temple attract the devotees from far. The illuminating hues in the night hours charm the onlookers into its divine delight.
The newly constructed Swaminarayan temple that spread over vast stretch in west Nagpur on Wathoda Ring Road, has been the visitors’ delight and certainly the talk of the town for now. Large numbers of people have thronged the temple since it was dedicated to the city. The three day Pranpratishtha Mahotsav (rituals to establish deities in the temple) concluded on Monday.
The temple is almost done and painting works in small stretches are being finished. A huge shobhayatra was taken out through various areas of the city as a part of three day inaugural celebration.
The vast platform facing the façade of the temple adds to the temple’s richness and glory. The fine arts of sculpture are aesthetically carved on every walls and pillars of the temple. More emphasis is laid on detailing while bringing out enriching designs. As one enters the temple, the eye catching set of stairs greet them at the entrance. In the premises of the temple is the soul soothing greens in the form of landscaped garden. The temple equally exudes the ancient charm along with the modern glory. It’s a mesmerizing experience altogether.
Shobhayatra introduces temple to city
Invoking holy hymns, chants from scriptures and raising slogans, thousands of Shri Swaminarayana devotees participated in the procession of revered idols. Nagpurians witnessed the culture of Swaminarayana sect through this procession which started from Shri Kachchi Oswal Bhavan in Quetta Colony of Lakadganj area and passed through prominent squares on its route to Swaminarayana Temple. The motorcycle rally of youths led the procession followed by devotees’ band flaring the flags of Bochanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayana Sanstha (BAPS). Then Prasad Rath, Samudra Rath and Surawali Rath. Women devotees sitting on Surawali rath were singing bhajans.
Most of idols carrying raths were steered by women devotees while some youths were holding the steering of ‘Vrundavan Rath’ carrying the idol of Lord Krishna. Saints sitting on truck (Rath given different names) were accepting the greetings of people standing on both sides of the road. Head of Nagpur BAPS Premprakash Swami was leading the group of saints and devotees accepting greetings of people.