The annual Datta Jayanti Mahotsava at Maniknagar, where thousands of devotees of Shri Prabhu gather, cutting across geographical, linguistic, social and religious barriers is a unique festival which promotes inter-religious harmony and showcases the socio-cultural diversity of India. It is a religious and cultural extravaganza in which hundreds of Vedic Pundits, Musicians, Folk Artists and countless disciples across the world aspire to do their bit, be a part of this week long carnival and pay their respects to the holy Samadhi of Shri Manik Prabhu Maharaj. –
In the early part of this day in a continuation of the program of the previous day (Chaturdashi), Guru Poojan is performed by hundreds of Devotees by performing Pooja to the Padukas (the Sandals)of Shri Prabhu as also to the current Peethadipati, Shri Maharaj. Thousands of devotees throng to take the darshan of Shri Prabhu Samadhi as well as of Shri Maharaj. This programme concludes by early evening. Later that night the Rajopchar Mahapooja of Shri Prabhu’s Samadhi is conducted by Shri Maharaj himself. Rudrabhishekam is performed to Shri Prabhu’s Samadhi. On this special occasion a further abhishek is performed with Dry Fruits and various Fruit Juices. All the Sevas, as conducted on Ekadashi day are also conducted on this day. The highlight of this Pooja is the celebration of the birth of Shri Prabhu by placing His Padukas (Sandals) in a Silver Cradle which is rocked by Shreeji to the accompaniment of lullabies in the form of Bhajans. As Shreeji gives a gentle push backwards and forwards to the silver cradle with the help of a rope tied to it, thousands of people watch this Maha-Pooja with rapt attention as it unfolds in the most regal and magnificent manner.
Anna Daan’ or mass feeding of the poor is the most important part of Shri Prabhu’s Janmotsav, as he always said that by serving the poor and the disadvantaged we actually serve God Himself. Keeping this high moral in mind the Samsthan organizes a mass ANNA DAAN programme in the Temple Kitchen or the ‘Bhandarkhana’ where thousands and thousands of people, irrespective of caste, creed or religion partake of the bliss of MAHA-PRASAD.