Tuesday 8th April 2014, marked one of the most significant days of the year for a disciple of Lord Shree Swaminarayan. Chaitra Sud 9, referred to as Shree Swaminarayan Jayanti, is the day that Lord Shree Swaminarayan appeared on the Earth, at the home of Shree Dharmadev and Bhaktimata, in a small village in Northern India called Chhapaiya.
This year was the first occasion on which Lord Shree Swaminarayan’s manifestation was celebrated in Kingsbury Mandir, and the ceremonies were blessed with the presence of eminent Sants who were in London coordinating the preparations for the Kingsbury Mandir Grand Opening.
The divine Murti of Lord Shree Swaminarayan was seated in a decorated cradle, and the sants and disciples completed an hour's recital (dhoon) of Lord Swainarayanbapa Swamibapa's mahamantra. Thereafter the sants performed aarti to Lord Shree Swaminarayan and the congregation listened to the divine blessings of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa in which He explained the purpose and significance of the Lord’s manifestation on the Earth. Following the conclusion of the ceremonies, the congregation receive the divine prasad of Lord Shree Swaminarayan.
Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj is the current spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the heir to Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj, and sixth in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan.