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Hindu Rites & Rituals

  • 8.

    Abhishek (Bathing murtis) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

    • Neelkanth Varni Abhishek .......................................... 63

    • Abhishek during murti prãna pratishthã ..................... 65

    • Anantakalashasnapanam in Bochasan ........................ 65

  • 9.

    Pãtotsav (Murti consecration anniversary utsav) . . . . . 69

  • 10.

    Satsang sabhã (Congregational spiritual gathering) . . 71

    • Glory of satsang .......................................................... 71

    • Importance of the satsang sabhã................................. 72

    • Contribution of the satsang sabhã to society .............. 74

    • Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the Gunatit successors on satsang .................................................................. 74

  • 11.

    Pãrãyan (Extended spiritual discourse) . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

    • Origin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

    • Pãrãyan traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

    • Pãrãyans in northern India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

    • Pãrãyan in the Swaminarayan sampradãy . . . . . . . . . 79

Part 2

Bhakti Rituals

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

  • 12.

    Navdhã Bhakti (Nine forms of devotion) . . . . . . . . . . 85

    • (1)

      Shravanam .............................................................. 86

    • (2)

      Kirtanam .................................................................. 87

    • (3)

      Smaranam ................................................................ 88

    • (4)

      Pãdsevanam ............................................................ 89

      • Sevã performed in mandirs (in pictures) ................ 90

    • (5)

      Archanam ................................................................ 91

    • (6)

      Vandanam ............................................................... 92

    • (7)

      Dãsyam .................................................................... 93

    • (8)

      Sakhyam ................................................................. 93

    • (9)

      Ãtmanivedanam....................................................... 94

      • Four other important forms of bhakti ......................... 95

      • Navdhã bhakti and instant spiritual strength .............. 95

  • 13.

    Utsavs (Festivals) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

  • Celebrating utsavs ...................................................... 97

  • Utsavs in the Swaminarayan sampradãy .................. 103

  • The Hindu Calendar and Seasons ............................ 105

  • Major Calendrical Utsav Rituals (in pictures) ......... 106

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