Ahmedabad: Holi and Dhutheti Parva were celebrated with gusto in the entire state of Gujarat including Ahmedabad. Lakhs of devotees thronged the pilgrimage site Dakor Ranchhodraiji temple on Holi Poonam. He felt blessed to have the darshan of Ranchhodraiji with the music of ‘Jai Ranchhod’. Throughout the day, the Lord played Holi with the devotees with gold and silver in the midst of a blaze of colors.
Devotees from all over Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, reached Dakor after a pilgrimage to see Ranchhodraiji of Dakor. The streets of Dakor, the Gomti Ghat and outside the temple were all resounding with bhajans. Everyone was waiting for the darshan of Mangala Aarti early in the morning. As soon as the door of the temple was opened at four o’clock in the morning, Lord Ranchodji’s Mangala Aarti was performed. Holi is considered the main darshan of Poonam. Many devotees fulfilled their faith by seeing Raja Ranchodji.
As the rush of pilgrims is high in Dakor this year, the darshan time was increased by the temple administration. In the early morning of Phagani Poonam in Dakor, on the occasion of Mangala Aarti of Raja Ranchhodraiji, according to the tradition going on for years, the district administration and the district police organized the worship ceremony and hoisted the flag in the temple. On this occasion Range IG V. Chandrasekhar, Collector K. L. Bachani, Superintendent of Police V. R. Bajpai, DDO P. R. Rana, Additional Resident Collector b. S. Patel, Provincial Officer Sidvi Shukal, officials including Mamlatdar, Sevakgan of the temple were present.
Phagani Poonam was celebrated in a grand manner in the presence of thousands of devotees in Vadtal, the shrine of Swaminarayan Sampradaya. The 207th Grand Rangotsav Acharya Rakesh Prasadji Maharaj and Chairman Dev Prakash Swami, Kothari Doctor Sant Swami, Satsang Mahasabha President Sha. Rangotsav was celebrated in the presence of Nautamprakashdasji and Bapu Swami, Vishnu Swami.
After the Mangala Aarti, an annakoot of dates, gram, and sugar grains was offered to the deities sitting in the temple itself. Kothari P. of Surat Rampura Temple. P. The story of Swami Rangotsav was reinterpreted. Acharya Rakeshprasadji Maharaj blessed all the Hari devotees with Rangabhi in Rangotsav. P.O. The Rangotsav was started by flying colorful balloons in the sky by Maharaj and saints. Saints drenched the devotees with Kesuda water with large pitchers. Colorful water cannons and more than 250 blasts of 3,000 kg Abil Gulal and 2,000 kg leaves were fired continuously for three hours.