GOMTIJIBack to Holy Places
DHARU LAKE – GOMATIJI
The land that includes the Dharu lake or Gomatiji was donated by the Patidars of Vadtal in Vikram Samvat 1879 to lord Swaminarayan. Lord Swaminarayan instructed Aksharanand swami to build a the lake and he did. The lake has significant spiritual significance for devottees because Shree Hari along with saints and devotees had taken bath in it many times.
Therefore, it is considered sacred. In Chaitra Month of Vikram samvat 1881, Swami Sachchidanandji had invited Gomatiji from Dwarika following set religious procedure and the Lord had carried the clay from this lake on his head, so among all the spots this place is considered the best bathing spot.
Acharya Shree Viharilaji Maharaj got built the bathing steps and platforms around this lake. By taking a dip in this holy lake, even bird and animals too can attain liberation. By having bath here according to rituals before having darshan; one's desire for son, learning, wealth and liberation is fulfills. Having sacred both in this holy lake gomatiji materializes all desires and expectations.
STONE MONUMENT NEAR GOMATIJI
As Shriji Maharaj was addressing a meeting a large group of monkeys arrived. The Kathi(Name of Particular Caste) devotees proposed to shriji to show some miracle through the monkeys because during Rama incarnation Lord had put the monkeys to the work of building a bridge across the ocean. At Shree Hari's indication the monkeys squatted in Dhyanmudra. Then Shriji Maharaj asked the saints to offer their rosaries to the monkeys. The monkeys meditation on god began to chant on the rosary. This place is particularly great because lord swaminarayan showed such miracle hare.