Jay Sadguru Swami

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Aarti ritual being conducted at the temple in Vadtal by an ascetic

Jay Sadguru Swami or the Swaminarayan Arti is the arti sung in all Swaminarayan mandirs. Arti is conducted by the singing of a special prayer and the playing of musical instruments. The piece was composed by Muktanand Swami on 5 November 1802.[1][2] During the aarti, a lighted ghee lamp with wicks is waved before murtis, representations of Swaminarayan and other deities.[3] Swaminarayan is believed to be physically manifest in the murti, and several arti ceremonies are performed throughout the day, allowing devotees to show their devotion. As the murti is not permanently on view for devotees, the arti is an important opportunity to gain blessings through darshan of a physical manifestation of Swaminarayan. In shikharbaddha mandirs, aarti is performed five times a day according to Vaishnava tradition, while In dev mandirs or Hari mandirs, arti is performed in the morning and evening only.[4]

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  1. ^ "Swaminarayan Arti". Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Williams, Raymond Brady (2001). Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 75–76. ISBN 0 521 65279 0. 
  3. ^ Williams, Raymond Brady (2001). Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 237. ISBN 0 521 65279 0. 
  4. ^ Williams, Raymond Brady (2001). Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 140. ISBN 0 521 65279 0. 

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