Saturday 1 April 2023 | Chaitra Sud 11, Samvat 2079
Sat 1 Apr 2023
After Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj's inaugural arrival to North America the previous day, Secaucus Temple held a welcome ceremony for all disciples to attend and perform darshan of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj for the first time.
The welcome ceremony began with a short parade for Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, concluding at the Temple's main entrance. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band USA led the parade procession. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band USA was joined by a class of cadets during this performance. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj provided disciples with divine darshan from His float. Disciples and sants joined the parade processions by chanting religious hymns and kirtans throughout to spread Lord Shree Swaminarayan and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj's name. Secaucus town Mayor Michael Gonnelli also joined the procession and welcomed Acharya Swamiji Maharaj as well.
Upon conclusion of the parade, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj was greeted inside the Temple Hall with a welcome dance performed by younger and older disciples. The ceremony inside the Temple Hall soon kicked off with a cake cutting and speeches by eminent sants and devout disciples. Young boys and girls also performed kirtans to welcome Acharya Swamiji Maharaj. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj then blessed the congregation with His divine blessings for the first time in North America. The evening ceremony then concluded as disciples performed aarti. All disciples in attendance were provided prashad.