This year marks the 69th anniversary of when Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa first, ceremonially installed the divine Murti of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, and established Shree Swaminarayan Mandir as the centre of the supreme Swaminarayan Karan Satsang. A 3 day celebration, from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 March 2013, was held in Maninagar to mark this special occasion.
On Wednesday 13 March 2013, the Sadguru Din Commemoration Assembly was held. On this day in 1979, Gurudev Swamibapa appointed beloved Acharya Swamishree to be His heir, and subsequent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. It has been 34 years since that historic day, in which time His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree has magnificently headed the supreme heritage of Almighty Lord Shree Swaminarayan, and has protected and propagated the Faith throughout the world.
Numerous publications were inaugurated during this assembly. Many were second and third editions of our sacred scriptures. Some of the scriptures were inaugurated as audio books. Furthermore, Acharya Swamishree inaugurated 18 new e-books. In particular, a new scripture written by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj about Sadguru Shree Ishwar Bapa was inaugurated. In this scripture, Nidarsiddhantvadi Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swami, Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, narrates the divine episodes and work of the remarkable, Sadguru Bapa.
On Thursday 14 March 2013, Acharya Swamishree performed the Patotsav Ceremony of the supreme Lord. Acharya Swamishree began the Grand Poojan Ceremony at 7.30am IST. Part of the ceremony involved performing "panchamrut snan" (bathing of the Lord with five nectars; milk, saffron, honey, sugar and yogurt). After the ceremony, Acharya Swamishree gave His divine blessings followed by the annakut aarti.
Acharya Swamishree's Divine Ashirwad on Day 2 - 13th March 2013
Patotsav Ceremony - 14th March 2013
Acharya Swamishree's Divine Ashirwad on Day 3 - 14th March 2013