His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and the sant mandal visits Lake Windermere.
The Lakes at Windermere hold a special place in the hearts of devotees as our beloved Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa held His final sabha on a hill at Lake Windermere, shortly before concluding His divine leela on this Earth. As a result Windermere has become a significant pilgrimage site for devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.
In remembrance of this divine episode, on the 22nd of August His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and the sant mandal departed in the early morning from Bolton Temple to Lake Windermere. Contrary to weather reports the heavy morning rain gave way to bright sunshine as Acharya Swamishree arrived in Windermere.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree then graced a golden palkhi held aloft in the palkhi by His beloved sants and devotees and Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band performed salutes to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree. The band led the procession along the waterfront with hundreds of residents and visitors to the town gathered to have the divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree and the sant mandal.
Two special liners had been reserved for Acharya Swamishree, the sants and gathered devotees. Acharya Swamishree then boarded the first cruiser, led by Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band, and the three boats set-off for a tour of Lake Windermere. It is on this lake that Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa lovingly embraced Acharya Swamishree – the moment that was captured in the "bhet na murti" that is now commonplace in homes and temples throughout the world.
Following the Lake tour, a special sabha was held at the exact location of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa's final sabha. Acharya Swamishree and the sants performed poojan and aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, followed by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree’s ashirwad.
The devotees of Bolton had prepared a special surprise for Acharya Swamishree. They presented Him with a large package containing intricately carved fruit offered to Lrd Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa as a gift. Acharya Swamishree, the sants and gathered devotees then took prasad and lunch, before Acharya Swamishree and the sant mandal departed from Windermere for London in the late afternoon.