A total 109 youths took blessings at the Diksha Mahotsav of BAPS SWAMINARAYAN SANSTHA here from Mahant Swami Maharaj as they left the worldly life to become monks.
All those who have chosen monkhood for the rest of their life have taken a 3-year training at Sant Talim Kendra of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha at Sarangpur (Gujrat). Out of the youths who took Diksha, 14 were foreign residents, 29 graduates, 14 postgraduates, 42 engineers, and 46 were only child of their parents. The Diksha Mahotsav was held on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
One of the Diksharthi’s is Jainam Shah (Dadhichi Bhagat) who was born in New York and whose parents Pritam and Kavita Shah are from Rajasthan (Pindwara) but settled in Roslyn (New York). Jainam (Dadhichi Bhagat) did his schooling from Herricks High School, graduated From Pratt institute with two degrees in architecture and construction management.
He was working for an architecture firm in Manhattan but left the job to pursue monkhood. Jainam’s sister Dr Shenika Shah became the youngest captain in the US army hospital. He is the only son of his parents.
The diksha ceremony took place with Vedic Mahapuja rituals. The youths, their parents and relatives also took part in the rituals. Later, the parents wholeheartedly offered their beloved sons for becoming sadhus in the presence of Mahant Swami Maharaj.