Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan

Bhagwan Swaminarayan (April 2, 1781 – 1830) was born to a samvedi brahmin family in the village of Chhapaiya, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father’s name was Dharmadev and his mother’s name was Bhaktimata. After serving his parents, he left home at the age of 11 to travel over 8,000 miles throughout India on a holy pilgrimage for 7 years, 1 month, and 11 days. During his travels, Ghanshyam was given the name Neelkanth Varni for his fearless acts against nature’s most ferocious animals. He eventually settled in Gujarat.

At age 21, he established Swaminarayan Sampraday, with the blessings of his Guru Sadguru Ramanand Swami. He initiated more than 1500 saints to spread the pious Sampraday. To achieve ultimate redemption he taught the “Swaminarayan” mahamantra.

To preserve the purity in the religion, he devised five basic Codes of Conducts for Haribhakt (Devotee) like not to steal, not to eat meat, not to drink, not to commit adultery, not to follow impurity and for Tyagi (Saints) like, Nishkam (Lust-less), Nirlobh (Greed-less), Nissenh (Attachment-less), Nisswad (Taste-less) and Nirman (Ego-less).

He established beautiful temples at Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Vadtal, Dholera, Junagadh, Gadhpur for Upasana – worshipping God in all His greatness & glory and Bhakti – Devotion. With all these, he gave a small but huge Code of Conducts with only 212 verses, The Shikshapatri. And the nectar of spiritual discourses performed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan, The Vachnamrutam.

Thus, in a short span of 49 years He revived Hinduism, glorified spiritual values and founded the Swaminarayan Faith and left for His Divine Abode, Akshardham.

The Swaminarayan Sampraday

The Swaminarayan Sampraday was established by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in early 18th Century. Founded on the pillars of practical spirituality, it reaches out far and wide to clear the confusions and questions that crowd the moral, social and material world of today.

Its strength lies in the purity of its nature and purpose. The Sect strives to better the world by consolidating character in societies, families and individuals. This is done not just by mottos and slogans but by mass motivation and individual attention, through elevating projects for all, irrespective of class, creed, color and country.

The Sect’s global network comprises of Mandirs, Children’s forums, Youth forums, Women’s forum and character-building centers are perennial sources of moral, social, cultural and spiritual activities.

Such moral purity and spiritual surety add a deeper brilliance to all the hundreds of social services performed for Better Life through its 6 basic organs, namely Deity, Mandir, Aacharya, Scripture, Saint and Disciple.

14Jan 2013

The 7th Annual day of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul International school and Dwitiya patotsav (2nd anniversary) of Lord Ghansyaham Maharaj were held on 14th January 2013 in the school premises.

The Dwitiiya patotsav (2nd anniversary) and Abhishekam of Lord Ghansyam Maharaj took place between 7:30 am and 9:30 am. Thereafter at 11:00 am the 7th Annual day celebration started with usual galore and enthusiasm.
Shree Krushnacharandasji Swamiji Presided over the function and the school was privileged by the presence of Mr. Sriram B, the General Manager ICICI Bank, who in spite of his busy schedule had consented to be the chief guest. The other guests present were, Prof. G.A Chandrashekar, the former school Principal and Mr.Sridhar Rao Pannem (Parent of Master sai Shiva), and Mr. Ramkrishna. T (parent of Master Rohan B R).
Students presented a plethora of activities. The ceremonies began in a traditional way by lighting of the lamp by the chief guests and other dignitaries present and the school choir presented the invocation song

19Apr 2013

18th April 2013, the day finally arrived when the Newly established Gurukul has its Opening Ceremony.

The charm was all around and people were eagerly waiting as the clock neared 6 pm for the Ceremony which was divinely blessed by Guruvarya Mahant Shri Devkrushnadasji Swami, Sadguru Shri Devprasaddasji Swami, Hon’ble Anti-Corruption activist & beloved Anna Hazare and Shivacharya Ratna Sri Jay Siddheshwar Swamiji.

With a great joy the Guests &

15Aug 2014

Celebration of the 68th Independence Day of India in Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul International School, Nagpur.

If Rakshabandhan was celebrated with a special morning assembly, the 68th Independence Day of India was celebrated with a full-fledged programme on the school campus.

The programme started when all the Gurukulites – our Swamiji, teachers, staffs, students and guests -  assembled together for the auspicious ceremony of flag hoisting, which was conducted by our Gangadhar sir; this followed the national anthem and the parade show by the shining Gutukulites. A host of our students who had been training under Gangadhar sir for the last two weeks exhibited a smooth parade show in front of the whole assemblage.

This was quickly followed by a felicitation ceremony for the chief guest honourable Shree Nandulalbhai Ranchodbhai Mirani and the other dignitaries present on the stage. This was a moment when Mr.Mohanbhai Patel, one of the dignitaries present on the stage, took a pleasure to introduce Mr.Mirani to all of us and also spoke a few words on the special occasion of the Independence Day.

Once the felicitation session was over, there were two speeches by our teachers – one by Rupodarshi Sir in English and another by Karan Sir in Hindi. After the speeches, it was time for the tiny-tots of KG in the school to exhibit their musical sense by the choric song “Hum honge Kamiyaab…”. The events that succeed were a speech in English by Revant Namburi of class III, again a choric song – “Nanha Munha raahi hoon Desh ka sipahi hoon…” – by 1st and 2nd Standard students of the school and again a speech in English by Harsh Dugad of standard VII.

If so far the audience witnessed performances in music and speech, it was time now for them to witness something in sound, sight and action. A host of our middle school and upper middle school children performed a spectacular group dance on the rhythm of the song “Maa Tujhe Salaam”. This power-packed performance of the Gurukul warriors was quickly followed by a colourful ‘fancy dress show’ by the tiny-tots of the school again. The little masters of our school graced the stage in the looks of different freedom fighters of the Indian Independence. If one put on the get-up of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose or Bhagat Singh, another sported the looks of Gandhiji or Shivaji Maharaj. This fancy dress show was followed by another round of patriotic song by the primary students.

Now it was time to felicitate the top ten students in the FA-I Exam in the entire school, and this was done by our Principal Sir, who called upon the names of the students one by one and felicitated them with certificates and prizes. Later the toppers took blessings of Swamiji.

At last it was time when our honourable Swamiji enlightened us with some glimpses of Indian history and how the ancient Gurukul System of India was destroyed by the colonizers in India through centuries. With this concluding speech of Swamiji, the programme came to an end and it was time for everyone to proceed for the breakfast in the dining hall. At the end it must be mentioned that in the very first year of its inception and with a strength of only one hundred and fifty students, Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul International School, Nagpur, really excelled in celebrating the 68th Independence Day of India quite successfully.