Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presided over an evening of devotional music on Tuesday 22nd August.
An intimate atmosphere was created inside Shree Swaminarayan Mandir - with the lights dimmed, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was escorted through the sabha and towards the Sinhasan by the sponsors of the evening, as a mellow kirtan was sung by young disciples.
The evening was an eclectic mix of slow sentimental kirtans as well as more upbeat numbers that had the crowd singing along in unison. All the while, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj gave His divine darshan, showing pleasure and delight at the devotion and dedication of the performers.
The evening concluded as it started, with a heartfelt slower kirtan, but this time the darkened Mandir hall was pierced with hundreds of mobile phone lights, swaying in tandem to the rhythm of the tune as Acharya Swamishree made His way around the sabha to give darshan to all.
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.