Sinhasan

What a woeful state of affairs was all around during the late 18th century. The priests had lost their purity; the rulers ruled as the ferocious mad tigers; the robbers strangled unwary lonely travelers; armies plundered villages; notorious criminal tribes looted whatever they could and killed whomsoever opposed them; and the temples were defiled by meat, wine and open adultery. Such was the critical stage through which the world, in particular India was passing through. At this critical time a savior appeared on the scene. The savior was non other than Lord Shree Swaminarayan. He was known as Ghanashyam in His early days. He incarnated (born) at 10:10pm on 2nd April 1781 (the ninth day of the bright half of the month Chaitra in Vikram Samvat year 1837 according to the Hindu calendar, the day is also known as Ram Navmi, as it is also the birthday of Lord Shree Ram). He incarnated in Chapaiya, a small village 20km from north of Ayodhya. When he reached the age of 101 days, a sage came to name Him. The sage announced that because He has born in the cancer zodiac sign, He will remove the pain and misery of countless people and be known as Hari. As He will attract minds of innumerable souls, He will be known as Krishna. Union of Hari and Krishna will give Him a third name Harikrishna.
Lord Shree Swaminarayan, during His physical presence on the earth, recommended His certain postures to be worthy of meditating upon, and installing in the temples. One of these is Him sitting on a low settee, one foot overlapping the other, duly garmented and decorated, wearing a turban and rose garland around His neck. In this position He is directly facing His disciples as if He is talking to them. The Murti in this position is commonly installed in the temples of Swaminarayan Sampraday and at devotees’ homes. However other postures may also be installed.
Nar is the manifestation of Arjun, and Narayan is the manifestation of Lord Shree Krishna. They are based at Badrikashram (their divine abode). For the duration of this Universe, Narnarayan Dev are the prime controllers of the destiny of all beings, depending on their karmas. Lord Narayan manifested Himself as if Lord Shree Swaminarayan. Lord Shree Narnarayan Dev manifested at Narayan Ghat on the banks of River Sabarmati at Ahmedabad, hence the Murti of Lord Shree Narnarayan Dev were installed by Lord Shree Swaminarayan at our first temple in Ahmedabad, India.
Because of a deep sense of non-attachment and asceticism, Ghanashyam renounced His home and went towards north of India for penance on 29th June 1792 (V.S. 1849). At the age of eleven years old, He began His pilgrimage on bare foot taking only a loincloth, an idol of Bal Mukund, rosary, kamandal for receiving food that may be offered by people, a piece of cloth to filter water and His miniature diary. Ghanashyam’s austerity, asceticism and detachment were like Lord Shiva, so the sages of Pulashram had given Him the name ‘Neelkanth’ during his pilgrimage. The supreme God is always surrounded by His devotees in heaven. Radhikaji is one of the staunchest devotees of Lord Shree Krishna. When Radhikaji is by the side at Lord Shree Krishna, the Murti is known as that of Shree Radha Krishna. When Radhikaji resided within Lord Shree Krishna the Murti is known as that of Lord Shree Krishna. One shall not discriminate between the different manifestations of Lord Shree Krishna, as all the different manifestations of Lord Shree Krishna are at His own free will. He travelled from one place to another and along the way His personality and charm made kings offer Him money, kingdoms, etc. But Neelkanth remained un-attracted to these mundane things. Finally, He arrived in Loj near Mangrol, on the morning of 21st August 1799. He had visited more than 150 places, travelling over 12000km in seven years, one month and eleven days. Seven years of pilgrimage, without regular diet and sleep had reduced Neelkanth to almost a skeleton, such that one could see and count all bones, ribs and veins. Nevertheless, His spiritual strength sparkled through His emerald eyes full of love and compassion for all.
The supreme God is always surrounded by His devotees in heaven. Radhikaji is one of the staunchest devotees of Lord Shree Krishna. When Radhikaji is by the side at Lord Shree Krishna, the Murti is known as that of Shree Radha Krishna. When Radhikaji resided within Lord Shree Krishna the Murti is known as that of Lord Shree Krishna. One shall not discriminate between the different manifestations of Lord Shree Krishna, as all the different manifestations of Lord Shree Krishna are at His own free will.
Bhagwan Shiv is known as the God of Destruction and one of the Trimurti. He is also known as Mahadev, Parmeshwara, Maheshwara, giving him the meaning of the Supreme/Great God. He is usually seen with a trident, symbolising how he rules the world through the three Gunas, and snakes around his neck, which symbolise eternity and wisdom. He resides on Mount Kailash along with this wife Goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvati is an incarnation of Lord Shiv’s first wife Savi. Parvati is known as the mother Goddess and the Goddess of Power (Shakti). Lord Shiv and Goddess Parvati are parents of Lord Ganesh and Lord Karthik. Goddess Parvati is usually seen riding a tiger or lion. Goddess Parvati also took the form of Durga Maa and Kaali Maa. Lord Shiv and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on Mahashivratri and also Monday is considered to be auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiv.