Vasant Panchmi

Today heralds the start of Vasant (Spring) season. The trees start new growth after the lull of winter. Hibernating animals make their way out of their holes back to the ground. It is one of the important festivals in our Sampraday. On this day in V.S. 1882 Lord Swaminarayan had written Shikshapatri. In all our temples we recite Shikshapatri and offer prayers to it. Today is the day to remind us to observe all orders of Shikshapatri. Lord Swaminarayan has said in verse 207 that persons who do not obey Shikshapatri in full are not His true devotees.