Accepting the humble requests of the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi disciples of East Africa, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and a mandal of 15 eminent sants arrived this morning in Nairobi, Kenya.
On 23rd November 2003, Sadguru Din was observed in Maninagar, in the presence of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree.
In celebration of the 60 th anniversary of when Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa installed the divine murti of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj in Maninagar, a grand festival has been inspired by Acharya Swamishree.
As part of this Mahotsav, the Sants and disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan will also acknowledge the events of Wednesday 28th February 1979 , when Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa designated our beloved Acharya Swamishree to be His heir and divine sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. The festival has been named Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Hirak Mahotsav & Acharya Swamishree Pitharpan Rajatotsav.
After Shangaar aarti, a letter was presented at the lotus feet of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, as a formal invitation to the Lord to the Mahotsav. Acharya Swamishree Himself read out the letter to the Lord, and humbly prayed to Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj for the upcoming Mahotsav to take place with great pomp, glory and celebration.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree then went to the Shree Swaminarayan Tower for darshan before returning to the Sabha Mandap where a dhoon, dhyaan and katha program was held. Acharya Swamishree showered His divine ashirwad on the entire sabha.
A special announcement was also made on this occasion: Sadguru Shree Bhaktavatsaldasji Swami recently left this mortal world. He was a remarkable singer, dancer and musician. He also undertook the simultaneous responsibilities of being the Mahant of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir - Maninagar, trustee of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Suvarna Jayanti Smarak Trust and the Mahant of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir - Kadi. Such was the divine prowess of our beloved Sadguru. With the divine blessings of Acharya Swamishree, these responsibilities have now been delegated to other eminent Sants. Sadguru Shree Bhagwatpriyadasji Swami is the new Mahant of Maninagar Mandir, and the deputy Mahant is Sant Shiromani Shree Munibhushandasji Swami. Sadguru Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swami takes the responsibility of trustee of the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Suvarna Jayanti Smarak Trust. Sant Shiromani Shree Gnandivakardasji Swami is the new Mahant of Kadi Mandir and trustee of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Trust, Kadi.
After these announcements, the entire sabha honoured Acharya Swamishree and those Sants that were to depart for the tour of Africa today with flower garlands.
At 5pm , Acharya Swamishree along with a Mandal of 15 Sants, went for the darshan of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj before departing for Ahmedabad airport. The Chancellor of Gujarat, Shree Dhirubhai Shah, was also at the airport. When he heard that Acharya Swamishree was also present, he immediately went for Swamishree's darshan. He commended Acharya Swamishree for His endeavours in spreading spiritual knowledge all over the world. He said, "There is a great need for great Sants such Acharya Swamishree, only through such divine personalities can true morals be spread throughout the world."
Acharya Swamishree arrived at Bombay Mandir in the evening of the 23rd. His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree answered the loving prayers of His devotees in East Africa and departed for Nairobi, Kenya in the early hours of the 25 th of October 2003.
HDH Acharya Swamishree arrived at Nairobi airport at 7.30am local time. Devotees of Nairobi had arranged a special car to greet Acharya Swamishree at the aeroplane. When Acharya Swamishree and Sants arrived at the temple they were greeted by joyous devotees and along with Swamibapa Pipe Band who played a salute to Acharya Swamishree. Acharya Swamishree seated on a beautifully decorated chariot was pulled by young devotees to the footsteps of the temple. Swamibapa Pipe Band gave a guard of hounour to Acharya Swamishree who then proceeded to perform aarti to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa.
In the evening, a special welcoming ceremony was held during which devotees had a chance to garland Acharya Swamishree and Sants. Young devotee performed a dance to the kirtan 'Shreejibapa Mushkurate He....' on this occasion.
During the time HDH Acharya Swamishree is giving darshan in Kenya, to show devotion to Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa; togetherness; and peace, the devotees of Kenya, aged from 5 years old onwards, has taken vows to write the mantra "Ohm Shree SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa Bhagavate Namaha".