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Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
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  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:23 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:22 PM

    Disciples also enjoyed the aubergine shak prasad.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:21 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:20 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:20 PM

    Acharya Swamishree Maharaj takes prasad prepared during the London Shakutsav

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:18 PM

    In this manner the children recreated the special events in Loya and enlightened the sabha to the importance and excitment involved in Shakutsav.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:08 PM

    During the shakotsav festival Lord Swaminarayan Himself prepared and served aubergine curry to all who came to celebrate this festival. His clothings had yellow stains from turmeric powder and other spices, but He did not care about it. His sole purpose was to serve the needy.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:05 PM

    During the Shakutsav Lord Swaminarayan had asked Nityanand Swami and the other sants to make sweet ladoos, so Nityanand Swami served those. However, the Lord had instilled a divine, delicious taste into the aubergine curry, and consequently, everyone asked for more and more of it, and refused to take any of the ladoos. 

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:03 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:02 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:02 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:02 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:01 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 8:01 PM

    Acharya Swamishree Maharaj gives his divine darshan during the Shakutsav recreation.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 7:59 PM

    The children explained how Lord Shree Swaminarayan had said in Loya “My dear santo! You prepare lavish meals for me, but now I want to prepare shak and serve you all. I will prepare such delicious shak that you will remember forever.”  The Lord then ordered aubergine, ghee, salt, spices, sugar, chillies and prepared a delicious aubergine curry.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 7:36 PM

    Young disciples recreate the special Loya occassion in London Shakutsav at Kingsbury Mandir; explaining the significance of Shakutsav.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 7:22 PM

    London Shakutsav 2014 celebrates the occassion in Loya, Samvat 1877, Kartik Vad 10, on which Lord Swaminarayan prepared an aubergine curry with 360kgs of fresh ghee and 1200kgs of aubergines for his beloved sants and disciples, then Himself served them prasad.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:54 PM

    Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree seated on authentic swing.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:53 PM

    The fantastic Shakutsav stage in Kutchbury.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:52 PM

    Talented disciples sing a specially composed Shakutsav in Kutchbury composition as His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree enters the complex and visits each of the stalls.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:49 PM

    Divine darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree seated on the fruit and vegetable cart.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:48 PM

    Acharya Swamishree showers His divine blessings on all.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:47 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:46 PM

    His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree enters the main courtyard and visits each stall.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:45 PM

    Acharya Swamishree blesses all.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:40 PM

    His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree watches all of the acts in each of the stalls.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:39 PM

    Disciples dressed for the occasion perform various small acts as part of their stalls.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:38 PM

    Acharya Swamishree, sants and disciples enter Kutchbury.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:38 PM

    His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree enters Kutchbury!

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:31 PM

    Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:30 PM

    Acharya Swamishree mounts the traditional cart.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:29 PM

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:29 PM

    Disciples escort His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree around the perimeter of the complex as disciples sing traditional devotional songs to please the Lord.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:25 PM

    His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree leaves Shree Abjibapa House on route around Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Complex towards the ground of Shakutsav.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 6:22 PM

    The impressive view of the courtyard of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Complex filled with hundreds of disciples awaiting the start of the Shakutsav celebrations.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:31 AM

    Divine darshan of Lord Shree Swaminarayan.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:28 AM

    Divine darshan of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:26 AM

    Divine darshan of Shree Harikrishna Maharaj.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:25 AM

    Divine darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree next to the large recreation of an authentic village cart.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:24 AM

    Acharya Swamishree blesses each of the fruits and vegetables to be used during the evening programme. 

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:23 AM

    Disciples who have been helping prepare for the evening Shaakutsav events gather for the darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:23 AM

    The rotlo cooks and rises perfectly.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:19 AM

    Acharya Swamishree places the flattened raw rotlo onto the tavi.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:15 AM

    His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishee skillfully flattens the rotlo dough with His divine hands.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:14 AM

    A close up of the delicious aubergine cooking.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:14 AM

    Acharya Swamishree stirs the contents of the huge cooking pot.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:13 AM

    His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree adds aubergine.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:12 AM

    Acharya Swamishree adds red hot chillies.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:10 AM

    His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree performs the first vaghar.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:07 AM

    Acharya Swamishree arrives into Shree Puruhottam Mahal kitchen to perform the first vaghar of the Shaakutsav.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 11:01 AM

    A close up of the vagar spices prepared in readiness for His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree to perform the first vaghar to begin the proceedings later this morning.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 10:53 AM

    Disicples in the Shree Purushottam Mahal kitchen fry mixed vegetable bhajyas.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 10:50 AM

    Disciples cook rotla on traditional authentic cooking utensils.

  • Saturday 31st May 2014 - 10:49 AM

    In the morning, disciples skillfully flatten rotla dough in the palms of their hands ready for cooking.

  • Friday 30th May 2014 - 8:20 PM

    Preparations continue well into late in the evening before Shaakutsav.

  • Friday 30th May 2014 - 8:09 PM

  • Friday 30th May 2014 - 8:02 PM

  • Friday 30th May 2014 - 7:58 PM

    Preparations under way for Shaakutsav.

Schedule

  5pm   Sandhya Aarti
  6pm   Shakotsav

Background

Shakotsav

Highlights

  • Purushottam Mahal is a state-of-the-art multifunction facility that will be available for use by the entire community.
  • The Opening coincides with 72 years since Acharya Swamishree Maharaj manifested on this Earth.
  • The name “Purushottam” has multiple special meanings for the community at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury.