‘Milkar kahen baar bar, Mera Bhojan Shakaahar,’ urges Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani as he moves through the streets of Pune in the Annual Rath Yatra of Sadhu Vaswani.
The ‘Rath Yatra’ of Sadhu Vaswani, symbolized unity of all religions as it trailed through the streets of Camp on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
In honour of Sadhu Vaswani’s 137th birthday celebrations, the ‘Rath Yatra,’ was led by Rev. Dada J. P. Vaswani sitting in the Rath (a chariot of Peace) at the feet of the life-like statue of Sadhu Vaswani.
The procession started at 5pm from the Sacred Samadhi of Sadhu Vaswani with a prayer ceremony at Sacred Samadhi of Sadhu Vaswani.
Ms. Rashmi Shukla, Commissioner of Police; Mr. Nagergoge, Commissioner, Child Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra; Brig. A.K. Tyagi, DMSA & Station Commander; Mr. Navneet Gupta, Principal Director, Southern Command; Mr. Bhaskar Reddy, Director, Estates, Southern Command, and many other eminent leaders and dignitaries graced this historic event.
“Dada is truly a holy man. I felt good to be in the company of a genuine saint.” said Ms. Rashmi Shukla, Commissioner of Police.
One of the dignitaries Brig. A.K. Tyagi commented, “Rath Yatra is a great event spreading the message of peace.”
“It is a brilliant experience. I feel very stress free. Overwhelmed with love and positive energy. I feel everyone should follow the Meatless Day concept” said a participating student.
The procession made its way to Sadhu Vaswani Chowk, Poona Club, Quarter Gate, Pudumjee Compound and M. G. Road. At one of the halts in the procession, Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani addressed the gathering on the streets, urging everyone with Sadhu Vaswani’s message, “I come with the one message, ’Awake!Awake! How long will you in slumber lie?”
Every year I come to remind you that November 25 is Sadhu Vaswani’s birthday. It is celebrated as International Meatless Day. Milkar kahen baar bar, Mera bhojan shakahaar.”
The ‘Rath Yatra’ at various spots was greeted with joyful buntings, banners, twinkling lights and small altars prepared with pictures of Sadhu Vaswani, paying homage to this great saint.
The procession included decorated floats with messages like, ‘Be a voice for those who can’t speak’. Youngsters and hordes of devotees singing bhajans and kirtan of ‘Dada Shyam’ added grandeur to the procession.
This is an annual pilgrim-procession since 1966 in the city of Pune, providing an opportunity for the denizens of Pune to pay homage to a great soul of Pune, Sadhu Vaswani, and for all of them and their homes to receive his benedictions.
The specially constructed ‘Rath’ or chariot is designed by the world-renowned Mr. Dilip Chabbria, better known as D.C. It is designed like a space-ship, representing the cyber-age and space-age.
Quote by Sadhu T. L. Vaswani – “I know no religion higher than the religion of Unity and Love, of Service and Sacrifice. So many creeds and sects! What will save civilization is a vision of Love. To set up cults and sects is to cut up the Great God into fragments. When will the warring world learn to worship the Lord of Love?”
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