Precisely 50 years ago to the day, Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa installed the divine Murtis of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bhuj.
Sants and disciples gathered before 8 am and awaited eagerly to have the darshan of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performing the patotsav ceremony. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the ‘panchamrut’ ceremony – bathing Shree Harikrishna Maharaj with the five nectars. During the Patotsav ceremony, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj showered petals of gold and silver flowers over the divine Murtis of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Finally, to the delight and surprise of those gathered in the Mandir, the thousand watching the live feed at the Sabha Mandap at the Jubilee Ground and the many thousands more watching across the world through the Internet, Acharya Swamishree showered Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj with genuine diamonds.
Following the ceremony, disciples had an opportunity to offer aarti to the Lord. Prasad lunch was taken by all to conclude the sixth morning of the Mahotsav.
At approximately 8.30 pm, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree arrived at Shree Kutchi Leva Patel -RD Varsani ground where thousands had turned out for His darshan. Acharya Swamishree showered His divine darshan on everyone from high above – His gondola hoisted in the air by a crane. Everyone had a chance to have a glimpse of his divine darshan, and no one missed out.
The three bands of the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi sansthan, Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band London, H H Swamibapa Pipe Band Nairobi and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band Bolton, jointly saluted Acharya Swamishree as he disembarked the gondola and took to the stage.
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Acharya Swamishree’s initiation as a sant at the divine hands of Jeevanpran Swamibapa, Shree Vasantbhai Patel delivered a touching tribute about Acharya Swamishree early years and how he came to enter the Sant fraternity. Shree Vasantbhai Patel composed a special kirtan for this occasion to which Sants and disciples performed a devotional dance. At the tender age of only twelve Acharya Swamishree left his home in Kutch-Bharasar to study at the Swaminarayan boarding school in Maninagar, and with just one command of his Guru Jeevanpran Swamibapa, He unhesitatingly became a Sant.
Everyone in the audience was also given an individual candle, enabling them to participate in a mass aarti ceremony. The evening concluded with everyone participating in a huge samuh raas.