NJ BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham’s Culminating Moment Is An Emotional
India-West Staff Reporter
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – In the cool morning of August 30 the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham here, conducted a Kalash Pujan in the presence of Mahant Swami Maharaj, its spiritual leader.
Emotional volunteers, their eyes misty with tears, witnessed the fruit of their years-long hard work, dedication, and prayers come to life. The entire campus vibrated with anticipation and joy, celebrating a pivotal moment in the Akshardham journey: the sanctification of the kalash, destined to grace the apex of
the Swaminarayan Akshardham.
A kalash is an essential element of traditional Hindu mandirs. It is a metaphorical sacred pot of nectar that holds great religious significance, a press release said. The ‘Nidhi Kalash,’ which is at the base of Akshardham, was ceremoniously consecrated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 2011 and the largest ‘Amrut Kalash,’ representing the pinnacle point, was sanctified by Mahant Swami Maharaj, who performed pujan on the steps of Akshardham.
Mahant Swami Maharaj said, “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.”