Activities of Yogi Divine Society
Yogi Divine Society promotes the Indian culture and heritage through festivals, exhibitions, and celebrations. Cultural activities raise an awareness of the richness of our heritage. The Saints, Sadhvi's and devotees of this organization strive to help them retain their origins, in the Indian culture and help them maintain the principles of Canada, thereby balancing the best of both worlds. Also festivals are celebrated in the temple to cultivate the religious sanskars in society.
Every year a variety of traditional cultural dances, video and live drama presentations. Some of the Hindu festivals celebrated at Haridham:
Ramnavami - Celebrate the birth of Lord Ram and Lord Swaminarayan. This day has a paramount significance for Yogi Divine Society.
Gurujayanti Festival – Is one of the most revered festivals in Hindu culture. This festival celebrates the manifestation of the Guru. It is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm and an opportunity to give thanks for His efforts for the betterment of our lives.
Gurupoornima - Is the pillar of Hindu Dharma because great Saints and Sages who have continuously blessed the lands. They have protected the Hindu Values, evolved them and planted them into the heart of every generation; making Hindu Dharma a living religion as relevant today as it was a millennium ago.
Dashera - This day is celebrated in Hindu religion as a victory of good over evil. It marks the day Ravan was killed by Lord Ram. This day has utmost importance as it is on this day that Guruhari Yogiji Maharaj gave Parshadi Diksha to his most ideal devotee and his eternal Adobe Guruhari Hariprasad Swamishri
Janmastami – This day is celebrated by all Hindu's marking the birth of Lord Krishna. The significance of Lord Krishna's birth was to free everyone from evil. He played the most integral role in Mahabharata and propagated the theory of bhakti and good karma.
Rakshabandhan – This festival is celebrated by a sister tying a rakhi on the wrist of her brother. The significance of this tradition is it strengthens the bond of the brother and sister and in turn strengthens the bond of the entire family.
Sharadpoornima - Lord Swaminarayan mentions that Lord incarnates on earth, He does so with his abode Akshardham, released souls and divine powers. During His life revealed that Gunatitanand Swami was his abode. His choicest and ideal devotee. This day has its significance for devotees of Swaminarayan faith as Gunatitanand Swami was born. This day has its significance because it when Guruhari Yogiji Maharaj gave Bhagwati Diksha to his most ideal devotee and his eternal abode Guruhari Hariprasad Swamishri.
Diwali - Is a time for rejoicing, giving and to eradicate darkness and enlighten our inner being; and it is a time to awaken and reinforce our spiritual path. The Diwali period is celebrated by a series of festival days each with its own special significance and each providing an opportunity to introspect and progress spiritually.
Annakot Mahotsav – Celebrated on the Hindu New Year. Rich and varied delicious delicacies are made from the freshly reaped crop of the new harvest are offered to the Lord, in the form of a decorative Annakot. This symbolizes our gratitude to God for providing us with the basic necessities required to sustain Life.