Under the direction of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj and with the blessings of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, AARSH, Swaminarayan Akshardham, Gandhinagar has been organizing lectures every 3 months for the last 25 years. With an aim to preserve Indian Culture, lectures are organized engaging experts in this field. The lectures have covered topics such as prominent personalities, current issues, Philosophy and Literature.
Starting in the year 1997, AARSH has successfully organized 99 quarterly lectures as part of its ongoing activities. The 100th quarterly lecture of this series was organized in the divine presence of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj on 15th February 2023 at Yogi Sabhagruh, Swaminarayan Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai on ‘Pramukh Swami Mahraj’s Contributions to the Spread of Akshar-Purushottam Darshan’.
HH Mahant Swami Maharaj started the program in the morning after his daily pooja ritual by lighting a lamp. During the day, there were four sessions on the following topics: 1) The Virtues Described in the Shrimad Bhagvat Are Exemplified by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, 2) From Darkness to Light, 3) The Life of Women in Vedic Times and 4) Principles and Practices for Family Unity. The speakers of the above topics were respectively (1) Prof. Dr. Narendra Pandya, Principal, Shree Somnath Sanskrit College, Veraval, (2) Shri Prakash Pathak, Prominent Speaker, Dhule, (3) Prof. Dr. Shubhada Joshi, former head of the Philosophy Department, Mumbai University and (4) Shri Harikrishna Shashtri, Motivational Speaker, Surat. The chairperson of each of these sessions was respectively (1) Mahamahopadhayay Dr. Bhadreshdas Swami, (2) Dr. Vidhyasinhacharya, Chairperson, Satyadhan Vidhayapith, Mulund, Mumbai, (3) Prof. Dr. Purnima dave and (4) Sadguru Dr. Viveksagardas Swami.
The main lecture took place in the divine presence of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Prof. Dr. Atmatruptdas Swami, Associate Professor, AARSH, Swaminarayan Akshardham, Gandhinagar was the speaker of the main lecture. Invitee, Dr. Rudrax Sakarikar, Assistant Professor, Somaiya Institute of Religious Studies; the guest of honour, Shri Rajan Velukar, Ex. Vice Chancellor, Mumbai University; Prof. Dr. Shrutiprakashdas Swami, Director, AARSH, Swaminarayan Akshardham, Gandhinagar and Sadguru Bhaktipriyadas Swami, Kothari, Swaminarayan Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai also graced the occasion with their presence. Each of the esteemed dignitaries was presented with a garland, shawl and memento.