On Wednesday 5 October, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed the 44th patotsav ceremony of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa at Delhi Mandir.
The first Mandir of the entire Swaminarayan Faith to be established in Delhi was that of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. On Wednesday 11 October 1978, Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa inaugurated the grand, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Civil Lines, Delhi, on the banks of the River Jamuna. The day that He chose for this historical event was the auspicious day of Vijya Dashmi, also commonly known as Dussehra. This day signifies the conquering of good over evil. Most significantly, Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa ceremonially installed the Murtis of Purna Purushottam Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Himself, in the main sinhasan of the Mandir.
Forty-four years have elapsed since that historical day. In celebration of the Mandir’s anniversary, Gnan Mahodadhi Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and sants reached Delhi on Sunday 2 October 2022 and was ceremonially welcomed by the sants and disciples living in Delhi. Over the next few days, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj visited a local cattle sanctuary where donations of fresh fodder was given on behalf of the Organisation. He also visited the homes of disciples living in the greater Delhi region. During the evening of Tuesday 4 October, a concert of devotional singing was held. On Wednesday 5 October, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed the 44th patotsav ceremony of the supreme Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa at Delhi Mandir. Many sages, priests and local dignitaries came for Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s darshan. The next evening, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj returned to Maninagardham.