Celebrations for the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir Rajat Mahotsav started with an incredible grand procession in Vadodara – 191 years since Lord Shree Swaminarayan presided over such a procession Himself.
On November 28th 1825, the king of Vadodara Sayajjrao II held a procession in honour of Lord Shree Swaminarayan – the Lord presided on the king’s own elephants and on his own golden palanquin. The procession went at the outskirts of Vadodara and ended in Laxmi Vilas Palace, the king's royal palace.
191 years later, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj inspired His sants and disciples from all over the world to mark that historic event with a magnificent parade in a style that only Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan could execute.
An incredible parade starting at Laxmi Vilas Palace took over the streets of Vadodara - one of India's Smart Cities. At the stunning backdrop of the Royal Palace, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was welcomed by King Samarjitsinh Gaekwad - the fifth heir of Sayajirao II, honoured the fifth spiritual heir of Lord Shree Swaminarayan.
The streets were filled with over 200 players from five Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Bands from across the world, four elephants carrying Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and eminent sants, various ornately decorated chariots, traditional musicians and energetic dancers. Thousands flocked to the streets to see this spectacle and experience this divine darshan of the Lord.
The procession passed popular and important landmarks and waypoints including Kirtisthamb, Market Char Rasta, Lal Court, Naymandir, Leharipura Darwaja, Mandvi, Chapaner Darwaja, Yakutpura, Fatehpura, Hathikahana Road, before concluding at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir. There was a spectacular fireworks display to end the day’s celebrations as the Pipe Bands all played in unison to the delight of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.