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February 23 @ 6:00 pm
Commencement of Shakotsav Festival
In Samvat 1877, Kartik Vad 10, during an assembly in Loya, Lord Shree Swaminarayan said “My dear santo! you prepare lavish meals for me, but now I want to prepare such delicious saak and serve you all. I will prepare such delicious saak that you will remember forever.”
The Lord ordered for Aubergine (Ringna nu saak), ghee, salt, sugar, chillies and prepare a delicious Aubergine curry. Then he himself served the food to the Saints and disciples.
This marked the beginning of Saak Utsav.
As the news of this divine Saak Utsav spread to the neighbouring regions, devotees from different regions gathered in Loya for the divine darshan of this grand SaakUtsavv festival. Devotees humbly offered to sponsor for this event and Lord Shree Swaminarayan accepted this offering. This festival continued for two and a half months. On the final day, Lord Swaminarayan prepared Ringna nu saak with 360kgs of fresh ghee and 1200kgs of (Ringna nu saak).
He had asked Nityanand Swami and the other Saints to make sweet Ladoos. In this manner, a grand Saak Utsav festival was held in the village of Loya.
Lors Shree Swaminarayan likes thoes who perform humble services to society. To demonstrate its importance, Lord Himself has served the sick, poor, elderly, handicapped people in the society.
During the Saak utsav festival,l The Lord Himself prepared and served (Ringna nu saak) to all who came to celebrate this festival in Loya. His clothing had yellow stains from turmeric powder and other spices, but he did not care about it. His sole purpose was to serve the deprived people.