Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan who blessed the mrityulok from 1781-1830 and established the great Swaminarayan Sampraday in the early 19th century was fond of the pious Kathiawari horses. Shree Sahajanand Swami owned the beautiful Manki mare, who was a Pure Kathiawari and was called by the name of her color-brown- same as that of Manek. She was a gift by Dada Khachar to Maharaj. She was Bhagwaan’s first choice in travel. Manki was completely dedicated to the lotus feet of
Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwaan. In the horse language, it is popularly known that Manki was extremely attractive and charming and usually the horses carry 36 drawbacks but the Kathiawari Mare Manki had none. Premanand Swami had complimented Manki-“Garad laaj lopi Manki ee sou”. She was strictly loyal to Bhagwan only and walked or paced as per the wish of Bhagwaan. She was a divine mare who was always ornamented with the best jewellery and softest cloth. Manki was so devoted to Bhagwan that the day bhagwaan left abode to Akshardham Mnaki left food and water. Her soul left her body on the thirteenth day of Bhagwaan’s Departure. She was so pure and pious that even if a person full of demonish thoughts would touch her would Immediately be gain the complete feeling of Bhakti in his/her soul. Thus, the legend of The Great Kathiawari Mare—Manki!