Having completed a two-month long tour of the USA, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree arrives in the UK.
Having completed a two-month long tour of the USA, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree answered the prayers of His devotees residing in the UK, and arrived at the London Mandir during the mid-morning sunshine of Tuesday the 5th of August 2003. The Sun was beaming down, in what turned out to be the warmest day of the year, as Acharya Swamishree arrived in a brilliant-white Rolls-Royce, accompanied by a Mandal of 16 eminent sants. The forecourt of the Mandir and the surrounding streets were filled with delighted devotees, onlookers and local residents as His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and Shree Harikrishna Maharaj graced a beautifully decorated palkhi.
Devotees then carried His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree into the Mandir, with the procession being led by the Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band. As Acharya Swamishree entered the Mandir, He gazed all around the Mandir, which was intricately decorated with flower garlands. All those present became extremely joyous as His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree acknowledged the efforts of the devotees who had partaken in the decoration arrangements with the sole aim of pleasing Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa.
As soon as the procession ended inside the Mandir, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree went for the darshan of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Jeevanpran Bapashree and our beloved Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Acharya Swamishree then performed aarti before retiring to His room.
The first sabha of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishee’s visit began with sandhya aarti followed by kirtan bhakti performed by the sants. Young devotees then performed a welcoming devotional dance to the kirtan “Tum ko naman….” This performance was followed by devotees performing the kirtan, “Chaalo chaalo aaje aapane darshan karva jaee e….” The evening’s events continued with a speech from Sant Shiromani Shree Gnandivakar Swami who spoke of the immense efforts to which His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree goes, in order to fulfil the prayers of His devotees around the world. He compared the tireless expeditionary efforts of Lord Swaminarayan across India, to the immeasurable distances travelled by Acharya Swamishree in order to answer the prayers of His devotees who are spread throughout the world.
His Divine Holiness then showered His divine blessings on everyone by giving ashirwad. The evening ended with the trustees of the Sanstha adorning Acharya Swamishree with floral garlands on behalf of the gathered sabha and devotees all over the world. Finally, prasaad was distributed to the entire congregation.