On Friday, June 6th, 2008, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and a mandal of fifteen eminent sants arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport around 7am, marking the start of their two-month vicharan all over the United States and even Canada. Regardless of having a minor heart surgery just a week before, Acharya Swamishree still came all the way from India to the United States in order to grace the disciples with His divine darshan. By this, He truly showed His love and care for His disciples.
Upon arriving at Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey, Acharya Swamishree performed aarti to the divine murtis of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Swamibapa. He and the sants then went to rest after their long journey. After Acharya Swamishree and the sants had rested, a sabha was held in the temple hall in the afternoon. Sants performed kirtan-bhakti, which was followed by a small welcoming parade held on the temple grounds. Swamibapa Pipe Band led the parade and officially welcomed Acharya Swamishree and sants to the USA. After the parade, katha was held, and Acharya Swamishree then performed Sandhya Aarti. Maha prasad was then offered to all the disciples who had gathered for the welcoming.
On Saturday, June 7th 2008, sabha was held once again in the afternoon. Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People’s Party), came to the temple for the divine darshan and blessings of His Holiness Acharya Swamishree. Acharya Swamishree then showered His divine ashirwad upon all the disciples. After Acharya Swamishree’s blessings, He performed Sandhya Aarti, and maha prasad was offered to everyone present.