Disciples in London had the joyous privilege of celebrating Father’s Day in the divine presence of their true father, Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree. The Sadbhaav Samaroh event was twice as celebratory - the occasion doubled up to also celebrate Acharya Swamishree’s 69th birthday.
The event at Shree Swaminarayan Temple London began with the youngest children of the congregation singing a prathna to Acharya Swamishree, who then performed Sandhya Aarti. 69 young boys then led Acharya Swamishree, who was being drawn in an ornate chariot, into the Temple, where he was ceremonially welcomed with a dance. Acharya Swamishree then cut an extraordinary seven-tier cake and offered it to the Lord – all the while, Shree Mukta Orchestra filled the air with kirtans, confetti rained down on the congregation and young children waved flags with excitement.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree then showered His divine ashirwad on everyone to conclude the scripture recital; there were a staggering 460 individual sponsors for the scripture recital - such was the enthusiasm for everyone to please the Lord on this auspicious occasion.
Students of Shree Muktajeevan Arts and Culture Academy took the opportunity to please the Lord and performed devotional dances, before everyone received ice cream and cake Prasad. The event was broadcast live over the internet by which thousands of disciples from all over the world were able to enjoy this truly memorable occasion