Fulfilling the spiritual desires of His disciples residing in the UK, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree arrived in London on the morning of Saturday 13th June 2009. Acharya Swamishree, along with a Mandal of 11 sants arrived at Shree Swaminarayan Temple London at 8am. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band saluted Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree and led a parade of sants and hundreds of gathered disciples into the Temple. Acharya Swamishree gave His divine darshan to all sat upon a palanquin that was carried by disciples.
As the parade entered the Temple, students of Shree Muktajeevan Dhol Academy took over and filled the atmosphere with rhythmic beats. They formed two planks between which Acharya Swamishree’s palanquin passed. He then performed aarti before retiring to His quarters.
A special congregation was held at the London temple on that very evening, which marked the 67th anniversary of Acharya Swamishree manifestation. Kirtan and dance performances followed a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate this auspicious occasion. The trustees of the Temple, along with other senior representatives of sister Temples the world over, bequeathed His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree with flower garlands on behalf of the entire congregation. Sadguru Shastri Shree Sarveshwardasji Swami described the incredibly busy year that Acharya Swamishree had had since His last visit to the UK, during which He inspired dozens of festivals across India and presided over hundreds of scripture recitals. His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree then gave His divine Ashirwad before personally handing Prasad to the entire male congregation.
Acharya Swamishree will remain in the UK until the beginning of September, during which time He will perform the Patotsav ceremonies at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Bolton and Golders Green, London, as well as an interlude to the USA where He will perform the Patotsav ceremony at Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey.