Sunday 8th August - Achievement and Awards
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj awarded his disicples in achieving the highest standards of excellence in Education and Sports by presenting them with certificates and trophies.
Wednesday 11th August - Youth Dances
On the evening of 11th August 2010, a Youth Dance programme was held at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bolton. Many young disciples ranging from 4 to 16 years old performed devotional dances to please Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.
Thursday 12th August - Marque of Excellence
On Thursday 12th August the Marque of Excellence award was presented to the Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajvan Mandal, Arts & Culture Centre in Bolton at a very special ceremony which also marked the tenth anniversary of The Swaminarayan Art Gallery (161 Deane Road Bolton).
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj had been especially invited and had travelled from India to attend this ceremony, to receive the award from the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, on behalf of the Centre.
The guests, including a number of leading Borough Councillors and the MP for Bolton, Yasmin Qureshi, were saluted by the amazing Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band performing a powerful fusion of traditional Scottish and Indian music. Guests were also entertained by the electrifying performance of traditional Indian dance by the Centre’s dance group.
The Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bolton, is one of only two Temples of this branch of Hinduism in the UK, the other being in London. The members of this community work hard to share this unique cultural heritage within Bolton and in the wider region. Known as the Sistine Chapel of Bolton, the Temple ceiling has been transformed into a 3000 square foot canvas, with paintings of the divine episodes of Lord Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and Jeevanpran Swamibapa. It is an amazing place to visit and the Mandir works hard with the Tourist Board to promote the site as a unique part of Bolton’s diverse culture.
Friday 13th August - Bhakti Sangeet
A Bhakti Sangeet event was held during which the sants (monks) of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi performed devotional songs with a variety of different musical instruments to please Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.
Sunday 15th August - 10th Patotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bolton
Sunday August 15th 2010 marked the 10th Patotsav (Anniversary) of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bolton. Shortly after Mangla Aarti, Acharya Swamishree performed the Patotsav ceremony. Hundreds of disciples who had gathered from all across the UK and all over the world participated in the ceremony. After the Patotsav, Acharya Swamishree performed the traditional flag-raising ceremony, replacing last year’s Shree Swaminarayan Gadi flags on the Temple’s domes with new ones. The Patotsav date this year coincided with India Independence Day. To mark this occasion, Acharya Swamishree raised the Indian Flag as Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band played the Indian National Anthem.
Before Acharya Swamishree re-entered the temple, the sants had arranged a grand annkut to offer to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, featuring a variety of Indian sweets and a special 10th Anniversary cake. Acharya Swamishree, sants, and disciples then performed aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Acharya Swamishree cut the cake and offered it to the Lord.
Acharya Swamishree then gave His divine blessings to the assembly and reminded everyone that true love to Lord Swaminarayan is from the inner heart and that you must obey and fulfil the commands of our beloved Lord Shree Swaminarayan in order to progress and live a fulfilled life.
Following His divine blessings, everyone took prasad lunch.