Fourth anniversary celebrations of the London temple
The 22th of August 2004 marked the fourth anniversary of the installation of the murti of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Jeevanpran Abji Bapashree and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa by our beloved Acharya Swamishree, in London Temple .
At 7:30am, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree commenced the day’s events by performing the shodsopachaar poojan. This was followed by the abhishek (ceremonial bathing) of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Jeevenpran Bapashree and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and the samarpan vidhi during which Acharya Swamishree, the sants and devotees placed flower petals at the lotus feet of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa whilst chanting the janamangal stotra.
A magnificent arrangement of sweets and other delicacies where then offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa which formed the ankut darshan. Acharya Swamishree then cut a grand cake in the ankut and offered it to Shree Harikrishna Maharaj before He and the sants performed aarti.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree then proceeded outside to perform the dhajarohan (flag-raising) ceremony in the forecourt of the London Mandir. Devotees then performed aarti before listening to the Ashirwad of our beloved Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
Acharya Swamishree then gave His divine Ashirwad in which he explained that in India when it was a King’s birthday, the entire kingdom’s people would gather in the King’s court and ask for forgiveness for their mistakes. In this way, today is our Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa’s birthday and we have all gathered here to celebrate it. Today is the day to ask for forgiveness for all of our sins, and the Lord will forgive them all.
The days celebrations ended with everyone receiving mahaprasad.