An event was held to marks the 50th year since Shri Jayendra Saraswati assumed the mantle as the 69th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, in Ahmedabad.

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This year marks the 50th year since Shri Jayendra Saraswati assumed the mantle as the 69th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, a renowned Hindu group, which has followers all over India .

The year-long golden jubilee celebrations commenced in March 2003. Special assemblies have been held throughout India since then.

As part of these celebrations, an event was held in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, 29th October 2003, in Ahmedabad's prestigious Tagore Hall. Shri Jayendra Saraswati Maharaj had made a special request for His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree to attend the function. Due to His heavy schedule, Acharya Swamishree was unable to attend personally, however He sent several of our Sants on His behalf. On behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan and Acharya Swamishree, a shawl was presented to Shri Jayendra Saraswati Maharaj, to congratulate him on his golden jubilee. Our Sants also conveyed Acharya Swamishree's message to Shri Jayendra Saraswati Maharaj.

On this occasion, many of Gujarat's ministers, including Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi was present. In his speech, Mr Narendra Modi acknowledged the immense social reformations and charitable deeds performed by Lord Swaminarayan and His Sants.

Shri Jayendra Saraswati Maharaj was truly touched by Acharya Swamishree's message. He was extremely pleased to see the divine Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, and personally met each Sant and presented them with a shawl. At the end of the program, Shri Jayendra Saraswati Maharaj asked our Sants to thank Acharya Swamishree for sending His divine blessings.