Sants and disciples from all over Gujarat gathered in Maninagardham, to celebrate the festive season of Diwali and the New Year in the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.On Thursday 19 October, the Sadguru Din Commemorations of dhyan, scriptural recitals, singing of devotional songs, etc. were held in the Brahm Mahol. In accordance with the traditions of Diwali, the entire Mandir had been decorated with lamps and intricate rangoli designs. The Chopda Poojan ceremony was performed, during which businessmen brought their new year’s accounts books to be consecrated.During the evening, the Sants held a firework display at which people from the entire vicinity of Maninagar were present.Friday 20 October 2017 marked the first day of Samvat 2074. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj bestowed New Year blessings to all the Sants and disciples. This was broadcast live to disciples living all around the world. A truly magnificent Annakut, an array of food dishes, was beautifully arranged before the supreme Lord presiding in Maninagar Mandir. Acharya Swamishree performed aarti and offered the thaal to the supreme Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.Having performed the annakut aarti in Maninagar Mandir, Acharya Swamishree travelled to perform the annakut aarti at Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir, and then continued to Surat. The loving disciples of the Surat region welcomed Acharya Swamishree Maharaj on this festive day. Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the annakut aarti at Surat Mandir, before returning to Maninagardham the following morning.