Exactly a year ago, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree blessed the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Madal West Coast with a magnificent Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav by installing supreme Murtis of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Throughout the year, HDH Acharya Swamishree continued to shower his blessings on disciples at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Los Angeles, California. This year, Annual Patotsav Celebration of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Los Angeles was held on 21st July 2013. Disciples also grabbed the opportunity to celebrate Gurupoornima and Acharya Swamishree’s Birthday.
Shortly after Mangla Aarti, Acharya Swamishree commenced the Patotsav ceremony. During the patotsav ceremony Acharya Swamishree performed the auspicious shodshopchaar poojan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.
A grand Ankoot was placed at the lotus feet of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Highly talented sants and devotees delicately arranged the array of sweets. Acharya Swamishree, sant mandal and every disciple performed the Ankoot aarti.
Next Event in the sequence was Gurupoornima Celebration. This is the auspicious day of the year for paying homage to one’s Guru and gaining his blessings. Acharya Swamishree performed poojan to Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, and adorned Him with beautiful flower garlands, before performing Panchamrut snan (ceremonial bathing with five nectars) at the Lords feet. Acharya Swamishree and Sants performed aarti to Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa and the Gurupoornima Kirtan was recited.
This day was also slated to celebrate Acharya Swamishree’s 71st Birthday. A beautiful cake made for the occasion was cut by Acharya Swamishree and offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Everyone then took their position in the sabhaa ready to listen to HDH Acharya swamishree’s divine ashirvad. HDH Acharya Swamishree blessed everyone and imparted their souls with spirituality.