To raise awareness of the upcoming Golden Jubilee and Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Vrushpur, a series of performances by H H Swamibapa Pipe Band, Nairobi were held in prominent locations in Bhuj.
The spectacular sound and sight of H H Swamibapa Pipe Band filled the streets of Bhuj with music and colour. The last time that the band had performed in Kutch was in 1987, during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Mandir in Bhuj.
The first day of the festival in Bhuj was also the Patotsav day of the supreme Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa who presides in Bhuj. Consequently, on the day preceding the start of the festival, 6 May 2009, Acharya Swamishree held a special assembly in Bhuj Mandir. Annakut was offered to the Lord and disciples were given the opportunity of performing Aarti. H H Swamibapa Pipe Band also performed in the Mandir and saluted the merciful Lord.