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Contents

  • 14.

    Mahã Kumbh Melã (Grand pitcher gathering) . . . . . 117

    • Origin ........................................................................ 117

    • Glory ......................................................................... 118

    • Ardh Kumbh melã .................................................... 119

  • 15.

    Yagna (Ritual of the sacred fire) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

    • Yagna – meaning & sentiments ............................... 121

    • Yagna ritual .............................................................. 122

    • Types of yagnas and their meanings ........................ 124

    • Foremost sentiment of yagna ................................... 126

    • Bhagwan Swaminarayan and yagnas ...................... 127

    • Yagnas in the BAPS Swaminarayan sampradãy ..... 127

  • 16.

    Dãn (Donation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

    • Glory in the shãstras ................................................. 129

    • Purpose of dãn .......................................................... 130

    • Types of dãn.............................................................. 131

    • Donor’s sentiments ................................................... 133

    • To whom should one donate? ................................... 134

    • Spiritual injunctions.................................................. 136

    • Foremost sentiment................................................... 137

  • 17.

    Maanta (Personal pledges) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

    • Maanta ..................................................................... 139

    • Forms of maanta ...................................................... 139

    • Types of problems .................................................... 141

    • Maanta in BAPS Swaminarayan sanstha ................. 141

  • 18.

    Tirth Yãtrã (Pilgrimage) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

    • Purpose of tirth yãtrã ................................................ 145

    • Origin of tirths .......................................................... 146

    • Types of tirths ........................................................... 148

    • Preparations for yãtrã ............................................... 148

    • Tirths of Sanãtan Dharma ......................................... 149

    • Rituals at the tirth ..................................................... 151

    • Ultimate tirth yãtrã ................................................... 154

    • Padyãtrã to Ambãji ................................................... 156

    • Yãtrã to Sabarimala ................................................. 158

    • Swaminarayan sampradãy’s tirths in Gujarat (map)..159

    • Passion for yãtrã on a scooter .................................. 159

  • 19.

    Grahan (Eclipse) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

    • Origin ....................................................................... 161

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