The merciful Acharya Swamishree accepted the humble requests of the loving devotees of Kenya and arrived in Nairobi on Sunday 28th November 2004.


The merciful Acharya Swamishree accepted the humble requests of the loving devotees of Kenya and arrived in Nairobi on Sunday 28th November 2004.

Devotees from all over East Africa gathered at Shree Swaminarayan Temple to welcome our beloved Acharya Swamishree. A grand procession was held along Swamibapa Road, led by Swamibapa Pipe Band. Acharya Swamishree was seated on a beautifully decorated chariot, which was drawn by young children.

As soon as Acharya Swamishree arrived in the Temple, He performed darshan to the Lord and performed aarti. A special welcoming cake was also presented to the Lord.

Welcoming Assembly

The devotees of East Africa held a Swagat Sabha (welcoming assembly) during the evening of Sunday 28th November to formally thank Acharya Swamishree for accepting their prayers and taking a little time out from His busy schedule. The mercy and benevolence of Acharya Swamishree towards the devotees is unsurpassed. He has no regard for His own health. His sole aim is to fulfil the wishes of the devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.

After performing the evening rituals, the young children of Nairobi performed a welcoming dance to the kirtan ‘Mare Gher Albelo Avya Re’.

Acharya Swamishree then blessed the congregation with His divine asirwad;

  • On this auspicious day, the Lord has brought us all together. The joy of this union is apparent. However, you must remember the importance of such a union. The happiness of uniting with the Lord should not be transient, it must remain flourishing forever. It must increase from day to day. In order for your joy to keep blossoming, you must remain vigilant about abiding with whatever pleases the Lord. You must keep a good, moral character. You must renounce all your bad temperaments and abide with the commands of the Lord. You must show compassion and forgiveness towards everyone. This is what pleases the Lord. The happiness of today’s union will remain alive within you if you remember its value.

  • Ebal Bapu of Gadhpur was a sincere, loving and trusting devotee of Lord Swaminarayan. Due to his true dedication, Lord Swaminarayan lived in Ebal Bapu’s home and regarded Gadhpur as being His home. When Ebal Bapu was nearing the end of his life, Lord Swaminarayan asked, “Tell Me what you still desire. I will ensure your wish is fulfilled.” Ebal Bapu replied, “Before I became Your devotee, I had many wishes. However, since You have come into my life, I have no more desires. I have attained all there is to acquire. There is nothing more important than You.” The Lord insisted that Ebal Bapu should ask something from Him, so he said, “You are the true father of us all. So look after my son, Dadakhachar. That is my only request.”

  • Just as Lord Swaminarayan came into the life of Ebal Bapu, the very same Lord Swaminarayan has come into all our lives – in the guise of Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Remember the importance of your union with Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and behave in accordance to whatever pleases the Lord. Remain faithful to Shree Swaminarayan Gadi and Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar, the true home of Lord Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and Gurudev Jeevanpran Swamibapa.

After Acharya Swamishree’s divine blessings, leading representatives from the congregation garlanded Him and the sants on behalf of everyone.

Divine prasad was then distributed to all as a conclusion to this long awaited, joyous day.