With the divine blessings of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj and sants arrived to the United States on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 for their 2018 North America vicharan.
Acharya Swamishree and sants arrived safely from London at Newark Liberty International Airport at approximately 3 PM and were welcomed by numerous disciples who had eagerly gathered for their darshan. Each disciple was holding a rose for Acharya Swamishree. Upon arrival to Shree Swaminarayan Temple – New Jersey, Acharya Swamishree performed sandhya aarti and niyams. The next evening, on Thursday, June 28, 2018, hundreds of joyous disciples throughout North America gathered at the temple for a welcoming ceremony for Acharya Swamishree and His sant mandal. The welcoming ceremony was preceeded by a swagat yatra led by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band. As part of the ceremony, young disciples performed skits to please Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree. They also presented Acharya Swamishree with a 76th Manifestation Day card. Acharya Swamishree also showered His divine blessings upon all of His beloved disciples.
On Friday, Acharya Swamishree and sants began their 2018 North America Vicharan. They will tour North America over the next month before returning to New Jersey for the New Jersey temple's 17th patotsav celebration.