Sunday 10 December 2023 | Kartik Vad 12, Samvat 2080

Sun 10 Dec 2023


Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s vicharan in the UK concluded with Janmashtami celebrations at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury on the evening of Monday 3rd September, before He returned to India the following morning.

His time in the UK included the Patotsav celebrations of London and Bolton, a multi-event Jeevan Gadtar Satsang Shibir, a pilgrimage to Windermere to pay homage to the site of Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s final days on Earth, as well as a drama production depicting the greatness of Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree. These and many other events made 2018 a truly memorable vicharan, particularly for the youth of the Mandir.

The final sabha in the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj fell on Janmashtami. Being His final sabha, disciples gathered early this evening, keen to have Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s blessings for one final time. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj delivered His Ashirwad soon after Sandhya Aarti, which was followed by the pragatya utsav in readiness for the Lord’s arrival on the ornate golden swing. As soon as the Lord presided on the swing, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed aarti and offered a lavish and rich thaar. As the utsav continued, the hundreds of disciples gathered were able to file through and sway the Lord gently on His swing, and offer poojan to Him. The evening concluded with everyone receiving Prasad.

The following morning, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Sants left Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury at around 0930 to depart London for India, where His disciples eagerly await His return. Hundreds of disciples also made their way to Heathrow Airport to bid farewell to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and pray for His quick return to these shores.

Janmashtami Celebrations in London