On Sunday 16th August 2020, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bolton celebrated their 20th Varsik Patotsav, following the guidance of His Divine Holiness Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj. All celebrations took place while adhering to local, social-distancing guidelines for COVID-19.
Poojaris performed shodshopchaar poojan and the Patotsav vidhi to the divine Murtis of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abj Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Eminent sants had sent a recording of the various sloks to follow during the ceremony from the headquarters of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. Annakuts, encompassed of various sweet and savory delicacies, were offered to the ever-present and omni-present Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, and disciples were given the opportunity to perform aartis from their homes.
Disciples had the opportunity to listen to Swamiji’s then showered His divine blessings upon all disciples through video.
After Swamiji’s divine blessings, disciples got a chance to perform annakut darshan during their private prayers following the governments COVID-19 guidelines.