Shakotsav and Uttrayan Celebrations at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury

Shakotsav and Uttrayan Celebrations at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury 2017

On Saturday 14th January 2017, the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury will be celebrating the double festivals of Shakotsav and Uttrayan. We hope our neighbours and the local community will join us for this quite unique event from 11:30am.

This events will be the first in a series of events taking place throughout 2017 at Kingsbury Mandir, themselves forming a part of global set of events, to mark the 75th year since the manifestation of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj – the global spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, the worldwide centre of social, cultural and spiritual welfare and umbrella organisation of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury.


Shakotsav will be marked at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi with a magnificent display of lavish dishes offered to the Lord in the form of a grand Annakut.

A divine episode was performed by Lord Shree Swaminarayan some 200 years ago, which has since been commemorated by His disciples around the world ever since, in festivals called the Shakotsav.

Through the Shakotsav episode of Samvat 1877 (1820 CE, Kartik Vad 10 in Loya), the Lord taught us about the importance of servitude by preparing and serving aubergine curry (shak) Himself to the gathered disciples – no other Guru had performed anything like this before. During that famous episode, the Lord used 360kg of fresh ghee for just the vaghar, into which He added cut aubergines, (enough to fill 18 large carts) as well as all the other ingredients to make delicious curry. This was the origin of the Shakotsav festival in the Swaminarayan Sampraday.


Uttrayan will be celebrated by the young students of Swamibapa Gujarati School, as well as young disciples from our community, by flying kites in Silver Jubilee Park, adjacent to the Mandir.

The Uttarayan festival, also known as Makar Sankranti, marks the day on which the sun starts to travel in the Uttar – northerly – direction, thus marking the decline of the winter season.

In Gujarat, the day is commonly known as the Kite Festival because everyone takes to public spaces to show off their kite flying skills The delicacies of Gujarat are traditionally eaten on this day, which will tie in with the wonderful Annakut display of food before the Lord on this occasion. 

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Key Events

Sat 14 Jan
11:30am - 1pm


Sat 14 Jan
6pm - 9pm

Sandhya Aarti -6:00pm
Kirtan Bhakti -6:30pm
Video of Shakotsav Kutchbury 2014 -6:45pm
Dhoon -7:15pm
Prasad Thaar -7:30pm


ImagesShakotsav 2014