- Performed in the presence of spiritual leader Mahant Swami Maharaj, the Amrut Kalash will grace the apex of the building.
Devotees gathered in large numbers at the Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey late last month to attend Kalash Pujan at the temple in the presence of Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
The sanctification of the kalash, which will grace the apex of the temple was held on Aug. 30, the auspicious day of Rakshabandhan. “The entire campus vibrated with anticipation and joy, celebrating a pivotal moment in the Akshardham journey,” said a BAPS press release. A total of 18 kalashes were consecrated.
The Amrut Kalash, representing the pinnacle point, “acts as a divine ‘antenna’, capturing the surrounding divinity and channeling it through the pinnacle to the murtis positioned directly beneath, enriching the sacred atmosphere of the temple,” BAPS said. In 2011, the Nidhi Kalash, which is at the base of the temple was ceremoniously consecrated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 2011.
“Once completed, the temple will serve as a beacon of peace, unity, and selfless service,” BAPS said.
Earlier on Aug. 25, a ceremony held at the temples celebrated the life, work, and values of their beloved, late spiritual leader, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, as part of the Festival of Inspirations, a three-month-long celebration marking the inauguration of the temple in Robbinsville.
The program was held in the presence Mahant Swami Maharaj, who recalled memorable moments from Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life. Throughout the evening, swamis affectionately reminisced on their personal experiences and memories with Pramukh Swami Maharaj. They shared heartfelt incidents with their late spiritual leader that touched them deeply and transformed their lives. The Akshardham temple, which is nearing the end of its construction and slated to be inaugurated in October, was Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s last wish.