Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bolton celebrated the 23rd Varshik Patotsav on the 20th August 2023 in the presence of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj.
Commencing at 9am, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj conducted the 23rd Patotsav vidhi ritual to the sacred murtis (idols) of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
A magnificent annakut adorned with a diverse array of Indian confections and delicacies had been arranged by the sants and devotees in front of the sacred murtis. Acharya Swamiji presented these sweets to the Lord and proceeded to cut a cake in honor of the patotsav celebration, offering a portion to the Lord. Subsequently, Acharya Swamishree and the sants performed aarti to the Lord Swaminarayan Bapa Swamibapa, following which the disciples were also given the privilege to perform aarti.
Acharya Swamiji Maharaj graced the assembly with His Divine Ashirwad, during which he elucidated a passage from the Vachanamrut: here at Swaminarayan Gadi, we are blessed with the chance to directly witness Lord Shree Swaminarayan within this temple premises. It is imperative that we recognize the Lord's divinity, endeavor to bring Him delight, engage in meditation to experience the bliss of His murti, and not waste the benevolent opportunity bestowed upon us.
As a fitting conclusion, distinguished sants and the foremost assembly were granted the privilege to conduct a floral Abhishek upon Acharya Swamiji Maharaj. This unique opportunity became a cherished blessing for the UK devotees, and through Live Broadcast, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi members from various parts of the world united for this auspicious event and recieved the divine blessings of this sacred darshan.
The proceedings concluded with a mahaprasad lunch, marking the end of Bapa’s 3rd Vicharan in Bolton, before departing to London later that day.