After performing Mangla Aarti, Acharya Swamishree and fifteen sants and 130 disciples commenced the Scotland Vicharan from Bolton Temple.
Day 1 - 29th August 2006
After performing Mangla Aarti, Acharya Swamishree and fifteen sants and 130 disciples commenced the Scotland Vicharan from Bolton Temple. Acharya Swamishree and a few sants travelled in a fully equipped caravan, whilst the remainder of the group travelled in nine minibuses. The weather for Scotland forecasted rain for the entire week. At 12:30pm the group arrived at the picturesque Loch Lomond, set amidst one of Scotland’s most idyllic and unspoilt areas, boasting the largest expanse of fresh water in Britain. Acharya Swamishree, sants and a group of disciples proceed to Loch Lomond Castle Lodges; the rest of the group went to their accommodation site located nearby. The group reconvened at 1:30pm and travelled to Glencoe, which is regarded as one of Europe's most scenic sites, renowned for its mountaineering with 43 Munro Mountains within 15 miles. The group stopped off at the base of one of these mountains. Acharya Swamishree and sants ascended the steep wet hill. It had been raining all day, but as soon as the climb began, the sun started shining brightly. Acharya Swamishree ran up the hill and waited as everyone else caught up with Him; everyone eventually reached the summit. After enjoying the views from the top, the group started there descend slowly, as Acharya Swamishree ran to the bottom leaving everyone behind once again.
The day ended with Sandhya Aarti and daily niyams at the lodges.
Day 2 – 30th August 2006
Mangla Aarti commenced at 6am, followed by the daily morning niyams. At 8am, the group travelled to the Nevis Mountain Range, one of the premier tourist attractions in the Scottish Highlands. Acharya Swamishree, sants and disciples went on Britain's only mountain gondola system, which takes passengers to a height of 2150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor. Breathtaking views of the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and surrounding areas were had during the ascent. After reaching the top, Acharya Swamishree consecrated a stream flowing down from the mountain. The trek lasted around forty minutes, along everyone had the divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree against the stunning backdrops of Loch Linnhe, Loch Eil, the hills of Ardgour and Moidart.
The group then returned to the base of the mountain to take Prasad thaar. At 2:00pm, the group arrived at the karting centre in Fort William to partake in go-karting. The day ended with Sandhya Aarti and evening niyams at the lodges.
Day 3 – 31st August 2006 – Jeevanpran Swamibapa Antardhaan Anniversary
At 8:00am the group arrived at Loch Lomond Shores, having left the lodges after performing Mangla Aarti and morning niyams. The news that Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa’s and Acharya Swamishree’s beloved sant, Sant Shiromani Shree Gnanswaroopdasji Swami, popularly known as Chhadidar Swami, had departed from this mortal world, was heard by all. The day’s events included children enjoying canoeing, kayaking and paddling on the loch, followed by lunch and a boat cruise. A special congregation of dhoon, dhyan and kirtan bhakti in memory of Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s Antardhaan Anniversary was held on the Loch. After the cruise, Acharya Swamishree went to the Loch’s edge to feed prasad to the swans and fish.
Prasad thaar was taken at Balloch Castle Country Park on the banks of Loch Lomond. After thaar, sants and disciples played cricket.
At 3:30pm the group boarded the luxurious double-decked “Astina”. Acharya Swamishree and sants sat on the bottom deck. The evening commenced with dhoon, followed by thirty minutes dhyan, recital of Bapashree ni Vato, Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s arshiwad and concluded with Acharya Swamishree’s divine arshiwad. The event was in memory of Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Sant Shiromani Shree Gnanswaroopdasji Swami. Prasad was distributed to all before the boat trip concluded at 6:30pm, and the day ended with sandhya aarti and evening niyams back at the lodges.
Day 4 – 1st September 2006
Mangla Aarti and daily morning niyams were performed at 6:00am on the final day of the vicharan, before the group departed for Fife to visit Deep Sea World Aquarium, Scotland’s shark capital. The group visited the rock pools and reptile area, where Acharya Swamishree blessed the animals of the recreated aquatic habitats of the Amazon River and Lake Malawi in Africa. The group walked through the longest underwater viewing tunnel in the world, to see the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in Europe.
At 1:00pm, the group took prasad thaar in the surrounding gardens of Edinburgh Castle. After thaar, sants and disciples visited Edinburgh Castle on top of the famous and historic Edinburgh rock.
At 5:00pm, the group departed from Edinburgh and arrived back to Bolton Temple at 8:30pm.
840 miles were travelled during the Scotland Vicharan.
The weather throughout the Vicharan was such that whenever Acharya Swamishree, sants and disciples went outdoors, the sun would shine; when they were indoors, it would either overcast or rain. Tourists at Ballock Castle commented that the group were extremely lucky to have visited the castle on a sunny day, as it had been raining constantly in the area for the preceding several weeks.
By the divine grace of Acharya Swamishree thousands of people and animals, had the divine darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Numerous people were attracted to Acharya Swamishree; each was offered divine Prasad and personally blessed by Acharya Swamishree.