On Sunday, July 5th, 2009, a mandal of six eminent sants and hundreds of disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan celebrated the auspicious festival of Gurupoornima at Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey.
Before the celebration commenced, sants performed kirtan-bhakti. The mandal of sants and the entire congregation then proceeded to the lobby of Swamibapa Hall. Disciples of all ages carrying offerings led Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, seated on a golden palanquin carried by sants, into the temple hall. Sants and disciples then performed the Gurupoojan ceremony to Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Afterwards, sants gave speeches about the importance of Gurupoornima and the greatness of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Sadguru Shastri Shree Jitendrapriyadasji Swami then shared His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree's divine ashirwad with the temple congregation. Following the ashirwad, all the disciples had a chance to perform poojan to Jeevanpran Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree. Sants and disciples then offered aarti to the Lord, and maha-prasad was served to all who were present.