Disciples attending the mangla aarti at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury on Saturday 15 June 2019 had a splendid surprise. The front of the Mandir was decorated with five thousand fresh, kesar mangos, which are regarded by many to be the most delicious variety of mangos. This sweet, succulent fruit is known as the national fruit of India. Kesar mangos, called Amra-fal in the Indian languages is available for only a short time in the year, and its availability is celebrated by presenting them before the Lord, in the form of the Amrotsav. This was the first time that such a celebration had been held in the London Mandir.
This day had a special significance because it coincided with Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s pragatya day according to the Indian calendar, Jeth Sud 13. After performing the mangla aarti, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj accepted the requests of disciples and presided amongst the display. Sants and disciples performed aarti before receiving mango prasad from Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.
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.