On Wednesday 28th August 2013, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presided over the Janmashtmi celebrations at Shree Swaminarayan Temple, London. The day coincided with the manifestation day of Sadguru Shree Ramamand Swami. This was the final time that these celebrations would take place at Golders Green as the Mandal prepares to move to their new, purpose built, premises at Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Complex in Kingsbury.
Shree Muktajeevan Academy of Excellence took the opportunity to coincide their annual educational awards ceremony along with these celebrations during which Acharya Swamishree Maharaj awarded students for their achievements in a variety of subjects and disciplines, including main stream school, college and university subjects, Gujarati and Bharatnatyam. By the divine grace of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, a total of 95 awards were handed out tonight, which included 14 Excellence awards for the highest achievers. Amongst the Excellence Awards were three First Class degrees, two post graduate awards, a staggering 28 A*s and 48 As at GCSE Level.
A variety of dance and music acts were performed throughout the evening by students of Shree Muktajeevan Arts and Culture Academy, and a special utsav was performed by sants and disciples in celebration of Janmashtmi and Sadguru Shree Ramamand Swami jayanti as Lord Shree Swaminarayan bestowed His divine darshan throughout the evening from a golden ceremonial swing.