Celebrations to mark 241 years since the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayan manifested on this Earth took place and Mandirs around the world on Sunday 10th April 2022 (Samvat 2078, Chaitra Sud 9). The community at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury were delighted that this year’s celebrations could be held in the presence of a full sabha for the first time in two years.
The event commenced at 16:30 with an hour-long dhoon to mark the imminent arrival of the Lord, and at 17:30 UK time (coinciding with 10:00pm India time – the precise time at which the Lord manifested), the Lord’s Pragatya Aarti was performed. The Lord was presided on an ornate golden swing, a lavish thaar was prepared and placed before Him, and disciples took the opportunity to offer Aarti to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.
The Lord will remain presiding in His cradle until His Chhathi (ceremonial period of six days).
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.