Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
HDH Acharya Swamishree Arrives in the UK  


His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and a group of His Sant Mandal and haribhakto arrived in the UK on the morning of Friday 28th June 2002. This was the start of His 3 month vicharan of the UK, USA and various European Countries, as part of the Vishwa Shanti Satra, the Campaign for Universal Peace, which Acharya Swamishree instigated in January 2002.

Special VIP arrangements had been made to ensure that Acharya Swamishree was swiftly taken through Immigrations and Customs. At the arrivals lounge, He was met by representative members of the UK Community who garlanded Acharya Swamishree and welcomed Him to the UK on behalf of all the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Community in the UK.

At 1.30 pm, Acharya Swamishree arrived at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Golder's Green, where the rest of the Community members had been eagerly waiting for His divine darshan. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band saluted Acharya Swamishree as He arrived and led Him into the Mandir. Acharya Swamishree performed aarti to Shree SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa and then showered His divine blessings over all present.

A special Welcoming Assembly, Swagat Sabha, was held that evening. It commenced with a traditional welcoming dance performed by the community's young boys, to the accompaniment of the kirtan "Shyaam Padhaaro Ghanshyam Padhaaro". After several welcoming speeches, each Sant was introduced to the congregation. News of the Sanstha's recent activities was also conveyed to all, after which Acharya Swamishree gave His divine blessings to all present.

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