2012 is the year when all the Sants and disciples of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan are celebrating the 70th year of when Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s beloved heir, our most cherished and venerated Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, manifested upon this Earth. It is through Acharya Swamishree Maharaj that today, we are able to experience the divine joy, blessings and darshan that the disciples of the past were fortunate enough to enjoy through Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Swamibapa.
The actual day of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s manifestation day is 28 May 1942. To mark this auspicious occasion, the Sants and disciples held a grand celebration during the evening of 28 May 2012, in the grounds of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Mandir. The event, named Amrut Parva Samaroh, commenced at 7.30 pm, when a procession was held from the Swaminarayan Tower to the Mandir. As Acharya Swamishree Maharaj entered the temple grounds, young disciples performed a splendid devotional dance to lead Him to the stage. The Shodshopchar Poojan of Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was then performed. The senior Sadguru Sants offered 108 gold flowers at the lotus feet of Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, as the Jan-mangal Stotra and Swaminarayan Mahamantra was recited. A magnificent cake, consisting of 700 individual cakes, was presented to the Lord.
Sadguru Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swami narrated about the significance of this day, and talked about the genuine, divine love of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, which has made our lives so enriched.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj bestowed His divine blessings to the congregation of many thousands, after which disciples were given the opportunity to perform aarti
Immediately after the evening’s celebrations, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Sants departed from Maninagar, and went to Mumbai. The next night, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and 16 Sants departed from Mumbai and reached Newark, USA during the afternoon of 30 May 2012.