After nearly three months of vicharan in East Africa, HDH Acharya Swamishree arrives back in India.
29th January 2003 - Acharya Swamishree Arrives in Mumbai
Acharya Swamishree’s flight from Nairobi landed at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 02.00 am.
At the airport, the sants and devotees of Mumbai had gathered to welcome Acharya Swamishree back into the Motherland. They offered flower garlands to Acharya Swamishree and His accompanying sants. After completing the immigration and customs procedures, Acharya Swamishree left for the Mumbai Mandir.
As soon as He arrived in Mandir, He performed His daily rituals of bathing and pooja, and then immediately performed the mangla aarti to Shree SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa.
At 6.00 pm, the sandhya aarti was performed and then, a special swagat sabha was held in celebrate Acharya Swamishree’s return to the country. Garlands were offered to Acharya Swamishree on behalf of the entire Swaminarayan Gadi Parivaar around the world. Three devotional dances were performed by the young disciples of Mumbai. These welcoming dances were prepared by the devout youngsters with the help and encouragement of the sants residing at Mumbai, especially Shree Divyadarshandasji Swami and Shree Satyaprakashdasji Swami.
The Greater Mumbai Municipality Commissioner Shree Vastava had especially come to welcome Acharya Swamishree to Mumbai on behalf of the entire Mumbai population. He offered a garland and a bouquet to Acharya Swamishree.
After the welcoming sabha, Acharya Swamishree left Mumbai on the Gujarat Shatabdi train to go to Ahmedabad.
30th January 2003 - Back in Maninagar Dham
Acharya Swamishree arrived at Ahmedabad railway station in the early hours of Thursday 30th January 2003. Thousands of devotees had gathered to catch a glimpse of Acharya Swamishree after His 3 month long tour of East Africa.
Acharya Swamishree arrived at Maninagar Mandir. After His daily routine of bathing and pooja, He performed the Shanghar aarti to Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Shree Harikrishna Maharaj, Shree Sahajanand Swami Maharaj, Jeevanpran Bapashree and Shree Jeevanpran Swamibapa.
Acharya Swamishree then went for darshan and to perform aarti at the Swaminarayan Tower and the magnificent Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir at Godasar.