Saturday 1 April 2023 | Chaitra Sud 11, Samvat 2079
Sat 1 Apr 2023
Patotsav and Departure Images
On Monday 26th July, His Divine Holiness departed from Heathrow Airport with a group of sants and devotees and travelled to the USA. The airport authorities in both the UK and the USA made special arrangements so that the customs and immigration formalities could be completed ahead of Acharya Swamishree's arrival. The Air India flight arrived at JF Kennedy Airport precisely on time, at 16.30 the same day. On behalf of the devotees of the USA, the President of Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal - USA, Shree Dharmabhai Patel came to the airside, and welcomed Acharya Swamishree.
A helicopter then took Acharya Swamishree to the Temple in New Jersey, where huge crowds of sants and devotees eagerly awaited the divine darshan of our beloved Acharya Swamishree. A welcoming procession was held from the entrance of the Temple. A path of flowers led Acharya Swamishree to the lotus feet of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj. Children showered flower petals and rejoiced at being granted this divine darshan.
Acharya Swamishree travelled to Chicago for one day on 28th July and then performed the 3rd annual patotsav ceremony of Shree Swaminarayan Temple, New Jersey on 1st August 2004. He then returned to the UK on 2nd August 2004.