One year on and thousands of visitors later, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury marked its first anniversary with a week of exuberant celebrations.
Inspired by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj devotees kicked off celebrations with a Bhakti Sangeet evening provided by the Mandir’s Mukta Orchestra, renowned producer Amit Thakkar and celebrated singer Dipti Desai. The revelries continued, with a Bhakti Nrutya event the next evening. Captivating performances from devotees as young three were given by Shree Muktajeevan Dance Academy with dances ranging from traditional bharatanatyam to gujarati folk dance.
The week culminated in Patotsav celebrations on Sunday 23rd August, with Patotsav vidhi and a spectacular annakut presented to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Music by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band was provided during the flag raising ceremony during which the Mandir’s flag was raised by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj; the Union Jack was raised by local MP Barry Gardiner and Leader of Brent Council Muhammed Butt; and the Indian Trirangi was raised by Counsellor Shree Gyan Singh from the Indian High Commission. His Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj blessed us with ashirwad and launched various texts, DVDs and albums.
Throughout the celebrations, eminent community representatives all recognised the unity, spirituality and the strong collaboration Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury has had with the local area through blood donation camps and other notable charitable events.