Fuldol, also known as Pushpadolotsav, is one of the most vibrant and colourful festivals in the Hindu calendar.
It is celebrated on Fagun vad 1, the day after Holi. Pushpa means flower; hence, this is the festival of flowers
and colours. On this day, devotees place the murti of Bhagwan in a hindolo made of colourful flowers, which is
then gently swung by devotees. People also spray coloured water and toss gulal powder on each other.
Bhagwan Swaminarayan celebrated Fuldol in many different places during His time. Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj
celebrated Fuldol on a huge scale every year in Sarangpur, Gujarat with immense fervour, spraying coloured water on
thousands. His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj has also continued this tradition and it will be for the first time
ever that the Pragat Satpurush will be celebrating Pushpadolotsav outside of India. On Friday, 2 March 2018,
devotees from all over the world will avail of this sanctifying and colourful festival in the divine presence of
Swamishri in Sydney, Australia.
In one such Fuldol, Pramukh Swami Maharaj observed, "Everyone is hued by mundane 'colours', but we should be hued by Paramatma's colour." That is the sentiment behind this festival.
Bhagwan Swaminarayan has said in His Vachnamrut Gadhada II 27, "For the sake of preserving upasana, I have relaxed the emphasis on renunciation and have built mandirs of God. Thereby, even if only a little renunciation remains, upasana will at least be preserved, and through it, many jivas will attain liberation." Bhagwan Swaminarayan established six majestic mandirs during His lifetime. On the same principle, Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj consecrated five marvellous mandirs as embodiment of Akshar Purshottam upasana and established BAPS in 1907. Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj continued to nourish Satsang in India and overseas, inspiring first BAPS mandirs outside India (Africa and UK). Following his footsteps, Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj created over 1100 mandirs worldwide including architectural marvels of Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar and New Delhi. Mandirs are not only architectural masterpieces that preserve language, customs, and the ancient art, a mandir stabilises mind, inspires noble living, strengthens our belief, gives us peace and takes us closer to God. In 1984, Pramukh Swami Maharaj visited the Asia-Pacific region for the first time and ever since through his inspiration a total of 12 hari mandirs have been established in this region, where Satsang is flourishing increasingly. The history is about to change forever in the Asia-Pacific region. With Pramukh Swami Maharaj's inspiration and His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj's divine blessings, the first traditional stone-carved BAPS Shikharbaddh Mandir in Sydney is going to take shape very soon. This ageless, iconic and blissful Mandir will be built on a 24 acre land in Western Sydney. Pramukh Swami Maharaj sanctified the land acquisition and legal papers on 19 December 2015 in Sarangpur on the auspicious occasion of his 95th birth anniversary. One of the first Vedic rituals in the creation of alive and inspiring mandirs is the Bhumi Pujan ceremony - purification of the mandir land. This historic ceremony will be held in the divine presence of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj on Sunday, 4th March 2018. Let us be a part of this timeless event...