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Welcome to the Sahajanand Hall - the exhibition which depicts the life of Lord Swaminarayan..
Visitors are inspired by fourteen experiences from the life of Lord Swaminarayan, each displayed uniquely.
From glass corridors to rope bridges, from mountains to jungles, and from fiber optics skies to village mornings, the shows, dioramas and surround experiences keep the atmosphere charged with surprise and curiosity.
From the Lord's Divine Birth and Miraculous Childhood to his teenage travels - Neelkanth Yatra.
The Lord finally arrived in Loj and lived the Ashram Life. As the Ideal Master, he introduced the Swaminarayan Mantra, initiated 500 Paramhansas, promoted Better Living, built Mandirs, gave Sacred Scriptures and promised to remain Ever Present on Earth.

Experience 1

SCULPT YOURSELF !
This 8 ton masterpiece, where a man is chiseling himself out of a yellow boulder reminds us that
'Man is the maker of his own happiness.'
It carries the message that You are the stone, You are the chisel, and You are the sculpture. You can mold yourself better.


Experience 2

LET'S TRAVEL IN TIME
In 5 minutes the mini-theatre transports you to the 18th century. This video show, well-researched and adapted from original sketches, screens the political, social and religious situation of India. At that point in history, in 1781 A.D., amidst immense chaos and darkness, Lord Swaminarayan appeared on our Earth as the Guiding Light


Experience 3

NOW, RELAX AND ENJOY THE BIRTHWALK
Two huge glass walls line your walkway. Colorful engravings depict the joys of the whole cosmos, as the elements of Earth, Water, Light, Wind and Space dance to celebrate the birth of God. You are also treated to an audio rendering of the 'Mantras of Peace.'


Experience 4

WITNESS THE DIVINE BIRTH OF THE LORD
A starry sky of fiber optics. Here you must concentrate to see the descent of Lord Swaminarayan. He revealed - ''I have incarnated Myself to destroy ignorance, "I" ness and "My" ness and redeem countless souls."


Experience 5

A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF CHHAPIYA IN 3-D
Chhapiya is the birthplace of Lord Swaminarayan. It is near Ayodhya in North India. The miniature model of the village recreates history and childhood episodes of the Lord.


Experience 6

CLIMB HIMALAYAS WITHOUT GETTING TIRED! CROSS RAINFORESTS WITHOUT GETTING WET!
Accompany Neelkanth !
Hold tight on the rope bridge. Meditate at Mansarovar at 14,500 ft. Face the tigers in the Assam jungles. Enjoy the coastlines of India!
Lord Swaminarayan renounced home at the age of 11. He was known as 'Neelkanth'. He traveled for 7 years, 1 month, 11 days - crossing 12000 Kms. through India and 9 other countries.


Experience 7

HERE, A TREE TELLS YOU WHY NEELKANTH SETTLED IN LOJ
Settle down for a 5 minute Light & Sound show surrounding you with an Indian village atmosphere and sensations!
The village Loj, in Saurashtra, Gujarat, is where Neelkanth finally settled in the ashram of Ramanand Swami.
DON'T FORGET TO SEE:
  • The historic stepwell.
  • The painting of 'Yoga'.
  • The diorama where 'Celibacy' is strengthened.   Multilevel diorama of a village street
      The painting of the Lord's daily services.      


    Experience 8

    LOOK WITHIN! FIND YOUR FEELINGS
    Sitting on the prayer-bridge, suspended in midair, watch another 'Son et Lumiere' show that concludes in silent prayers. The ambience of the auditorium is unique. Partly suspended in mid air, the hall of prayer revives the moment when Lord Swaminarayan at the age of only 21 was appointed the spiritual master of the Sampradaya. At this time He prayed:
    "The devotees should not suffer from want of food or clothing or any pain whatsoever. Instead, let me suffer a millionfold but may the devotees be free from misery".


    Experience 9

    KRIPA SAMADHI, COME DISCOVER ITS REAL MEANING
    Lord Swaminarayan's divine powers transported many people into spiritual samadhi where they saw visions of Lord Krishna, Lord Rama and other Deities. See the Diorama and read the message.


    Expeirence 10

    YOU'LL BE TRANSFIXED! AN ARENA OF 500 IDOLS
    Lord Swaminarayan initiated 500 Paramhansas, saints of the highest order. They observed five lifetime vows : Non-Lust, Non-Greed, Non-Taste, Non-Attachment, Non-Ego. Morally elevated and spiritually committed, the Paramhansas traveled in society to uplift it by their personal life and message.
    DON'T FORGET TO SEE
  • Miniature dioramas explaining the hardships faced by Paramhansas
  • The relief panels depicting the life of prominent disciples of the Lord

  • Experience 11

    THE BARRIERS OF CASTE & CLASS, RICH & POOR SIMPLY VANISH!
    Lord Swaminarayan reached out to the low-caste and the out-caste. He accepted all with equality and restored their moral and spiritual status. Through wall panels and two dioramas the social reforms of Lord Swaminarayan come alive.
    DON'T FORGET TO SEE
  • 3D Diorama of honest Sagram. He and his wife remained untempted by a silver anklet found along the road.
  • 3D Diorama of prostitute Naathi, Lord Swaminarayan transforms her by accepting her devotion.


    Experience 12

    LOOK ABOVE, THE CEILING IS A TRANSLITE! LOOK BELOW, THE FLOOR IS OF A TEMPLE!
    A surround experience ! The traditional wall mural brings alive the history of worship, from the pure forms of nature to the pinnacles of the mandir. Visitors enter the stone mandapam, stand beneath the dome of translite and study the wooden models of mandirs built by the Lord.
    DON'T FORGET TO SEE
  • Miniature Models of Temples at Vadtal, Gadhada, Ahmedabad
  • The Graphic Mural of the history of idol worship and Temple-building!

  • Experience 13  

    MOST WONDERFUL TO READ, MOST ENLIGHTENING TO LIVE BY
    The Book of Ethics - the sacred Shikshapatri was written by Lord Swaminarayan in 1826 A.D. It reveals the smallest conduct of social life to the highest truth of spiritual life. He stressed... "No meat. No alcohol. No adultery. No theft. No lawlessness. No violence. No exploitation. Respect for all religions. Attachment to devotion."


    Experience 14

    LASTLY, CARRY HOME THE STRONGEST MESSAGE OF LORD SWAMINARAYAN FROM THE MYSTIC DOME
    The Enlightened Saint ! The Lord promised to remain ever-present on this Earth through the Enlightened Saint. He revealed Gunatitanand Swami as the incarnation of Akshar Brahman who became His spiritual successor. Since then the Vedic Philosophy of 'Akshar and Purushottam' (The worship of Swami Gunatitanand and Lord Swaminarayan) has spread worldwide.

     
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