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Shri Swaminarayan Jayanti & Shri Ram Navmi

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Swaminarayan Jayanti marks the birth of Swaminarayan, the founder of a modern sect of Hinduism known as the Swaminarayan Hinduism, a form of Vaishnavism. While the day is spent observing a waterless fast, in the evening celebrations include scriptural discourses, devotional singing, and live enactments of episodes from the life of Swaminarayan. This special holiday coincides with Rama Navami, an important Hindu festival that honors the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, Ram.

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