Festivals

 

Festivals & The Other Occasions of the Temple.

Guru Puja (Vyas Puja)

Guru Puja Bawa Lal Ji

In Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar, devotees celebrate Guru Puja with a great devotion and exultation of glorifying Satguru Shri Bawa Lal ji.

In the early morning all divine images of deities in temple are decorated with new beautiful dresses & jewellery. Then priest gives the bath of five sacred things (Milk, Curd, Honey, Desi Ghee & Ganga Jal) is offered to the Shri Bawa Lal ji. This bath is called “Panchamrit Snan”. After the Panchamrit Snan of Shri Bawa Lal Ji, Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj worship all the rest Divine Successors of Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar.

Afterward, Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj gives his divine appearance to all the devotees on  Sacred Gaddi. Devotees have his divine darshan, offer tilak, flowers, aarti and prasadam.

Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj gives his blessings and prasadam to all his devotees. Devotees are filled with reverence and pure devotional love of Satguru Shri Bawa Lal ji.

Badi Duj (Birth Anniversary of Shri Bawa Lal Ji)

On this Occasion in Amritsar City, Every year 31 Prabhatpheri’s  use to be organised only by Thakur Dwara Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji, Karmodeori before one Month of the Badi Duj. Devotees carrying beautifully decorated Palki of Shri Bawa Lal Ji and the sacred flame of Shri Bawa Lal Ji is taken to home of each devotee.

And a day before the main event, a Grand Huge Procession is organised in the chairmanship of Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj in Amritsar city. This procession contains a huge gathering of devotees as well as a large number of national celebrities. Devotees are filled with reverence of Satguru Shri Bawa Lal Dyal Ji Maharaj & his divine successor Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj which both are seated on their beautifully decorated chariot. Decorated Elephants, Horses, Camels and performances of different music bands is increases the glory of Procession.  Devotees feels amazing joy and elation while taking part in the Procession.

Next day, the whole temple is beautifully decorated with colourful lights and flowers, all divine images of deities are adorned with new dresses. A large number of devotees pilgrimage to Thakur Dwara Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar to celebrate the appearance day of the most merciful incarnation of Satguru Shri Bawa Lal Dyal Ji Maharaj and for divine darshan of Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj which is the present Divine Successor of Thakur Dwara Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar.

In the morning, priests giving the bath of five sacred things (Milk, Curd, Honey, Desi Ghee & Ganga Jal) to Shri Bawa Lal Ji. This bath is called “Panchamrit Snan”.  Then 56 sacred items of food (Chhappan Bhog) is offered to Shri Bawa Lal Ji. Aarti is performed by Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj. The whole atmosphere of the temple fills with the blissful sound of conch, bells and fragrances of the spiritual aroma. Everyone present, experiences the divinity of  Satguru Shri Bawa Lal ji and his divine abode, Thakur Dwara Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar.

After the Maha Aarti, Duj Kirtan is begins in the inner courtyard of the temple complex, in front of the sacred statue of Satguru Shri Bawa Lal Ji and his divine successor Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj. Shri Guru Maharaj Ji gives his divine appearance from early morning to till midnight. A huge gathering arrives continues in the temple to witness the festivity of enchanting Kirtan. On this day, Both inside and outside of the temple runs unbroken anchor for the devotees. The enchanting bhajans and Kirtan procedure by devotees singers creates a festivity atmosphere in the temple. At midnight, the Maha Aarti of Satguru Shri Bawa Lal Ji is performed by Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj. After the Aarti and Ardaas, the Prasadam with blessing residing within it given by Shri Guru Maharaj Ji to all the devotees with his divine hands.

Shri Krishna Janamashtami

On Janamashtami, Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar is beautifully decorated with colourfull light and flowers. Night long prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temple. A large number of devotees arrives in the temple from the pretty morning. The pilgrims spend the whole day immersed in the ecstatic Kirtan, singing his divine Leela, glorifying Supreme Lord Shri Krishna.

Specially in the Evening, a Cultural Dance Programme with light & sound performed by childrens to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha which runs until midnight. At midnight, is the time of divine appearance of Lord Shri Krishna, Maha Aarti is performed in the temple by Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj. Devotees celebrate this divine moment with great fervour and joy. Lord is offered many delicious Bhoga items and the traditional prasada of Makhan Mishri & Panchajiri, made of mainly five ingredients, sugar, ghee, powdered coriander, dry fruits and milk. Then prasadam of Makhan Mishri & Panchjiriis distributed to the devotees. At the end of this auspicious day, all children participating in the program is rewarded by Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj.

 Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami is one of the seasonal and sacred festival which marks the arrival of spring season. It is celebrated on Shukla Paksha, Panchami (fifth day of bright fortnight in the month of Magh (January/February).

In Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar, Vasant Panchmi is celebrated with great zeal and excitement. On this day, all deities are adorned with yellow coloured dresses. Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj gives his divine appearance and gives prasadam of Yellow sweets dishes to all devotees. All devotees arrives in the temple with wear dresses of ‘Basanti’ colour. Devotees offer prayers and obeisance, and take the merciful blessings from Shri Maharaj Ji for the fulfilment of their wishes. Yellow sweets and dishes are prepared and distributed to the devotees in anchor.

Maha Shivratri

Shivratri Bawa Lal JiMahashivratri celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. It falls on the 14th night of the new moon. According to the Hindu mythology, on this moonless night, Lord Shiva danced the Tandava which signifies creation, preservation and destruction of the cosmos.

In Thakur Dwara Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar, Every year millions of devotees fast in honor of Lord Shiva and offer prayers and perform some rituals on this day. The most significant practice is to offer Bael leaves and fruits to Lord Shiva. Even Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj, himself performs Maha abhishek of Shivala offering Bael leaves, flowers, honey, ghee and then the Maha Aarti of Lord Shiva. People wait in long queues outside Shivala to worship Lord Shiva. They sing bhajans and kirtan in honor of Lord and his consort Pravati.

Afternoon session leads to ‘Char Pahar ki Pooja’. The pooja ceremony starts at 6.00 pm with the first Pahar. The priest performs Maha Abhishek and then it follows with the second pahar at 9.00 pm, the third pahar at 12.00 pm and the fourth pahar at 3.00 am. The holy pooja ends with a ‘Special Prayer’ around 6:00 am next day. Devotees chant Maha mantra “Om Namah Shivaye” on each of the pahar respectively. Whole night, the ‘Shivalay’ is animated with bhajans and religious hymns.

Ram Navami

In Thakur Dwara Gaddi Shri Bawa Lal Ji Amritsar, Celebrations begin Eight days before of ‘Ram Navami’ with “Mata ki Chowki” and the narrations of “Shri Ramcharitmanas” (The divine leela of Lord Shri Ramchandra). The Large number of devotees arrives to the temple in evening to listen enchanting bhajans, kirtan and takes the divine darshan of Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj.

On ninth day, ‘Shri Ram Navami’ begins with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord ‘Rama’ is supposed to have been born, a special Prayer and Maha Aarti is performed as well as winding the text of ‘Shri Ramcharitramanas’ which are held in temple from eight days before of Ram Navami. Large number of devotees arrives to the temple to have divine darshan of Lord ‘Shri Ramachandra’ and listen to the narrations of ‘Shri Ramcharitmanas’.

After the Maha Aarti, Durga Puja is also performed in the temple by Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj on Navmi (ninth day) of Chaitra Masa Navratri.

Baisakhi

Baisakhi is also called ‘Vaisakhi’. Baisakhi is usually celebrated on 13th April, and very occasionally on 14th April. The Baisakhi festival is an ancient harvest festival in Punjab which celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm.

Early in the morning Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj, himself performs the worship of Lord Rama and Shri Bawa Lal Ji. Afterwards, Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj gives divine appearance to all devotees on Vyas Gaddi and devotees take pleasure, hearing the holy auspicious words and blessings from Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj.

Baisakhi festival is special among Farmers. Farmers from all over the places offer part of their harvest to Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj for happiness and prosperity.

Shri Mahant Anant Dass Ji Maharaj gives blesses to every one and gives prasadam of Halawa to all his devotees. Sumptuous feasts are organised and preparation of dishes are distributed through the day.