Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band London’s 2018 kicked off early as they once again took to the streets of Central London for the annual and world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.
The historic event attracts marching bands, floats and performers from all over the world, and our Band was amongst the leading acts and certainly one of the highlights of the Parade. The Band showcased the Mandir and the Sanstha with their musical talent and military-style discipline as they marched along Piccadilly passed the iconic Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, and finished along Whitehall by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
For the first time, and by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s grace and blessings, Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj – presiding on a golden chariot – accompanied the Band during this parade and gave His divine Darshan to the tens of thousands that lined the streets, and millions more who will have seen the Parade over the global television coverage.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj is the spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the current and fifth heir in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan. He is the incumbent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.