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Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav

   

 

 
Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav
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Day 1 - Opening Ceremony
Disciples perform in the murti pratishta parayan mahapooja ceremony Disciples perform in the murti pratishta parayan mahapooja ceremony Disciples perform in the murti pratishta parayan mahapooja ceremony Murti pratishta parayan mahapooja ceremony
Disciples line the sides of the new temple grounds and wait in anticipation for the darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree A view of the intricately decorated procession chariot A view of Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Cultural Center Chicago His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives darshan with disciples in the new temple grounds before the welcoming procession
Swamibapa Pipe Band escort His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree to the start of the welcoming procession His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the main temple sign for the very first time His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the main temple sign for the very first time His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree unveils the main temple sign for the very first time
Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree
Disciples pull the beautifully decorated chariot through the new temple grounds Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestows his divine darshan on all
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree bestows his divine darshan on all Delighted disciples take photos of the long awaited start of the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Chicago Murti Pratishta festival Swamibapa Pipe Band play to please Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa Sants and hundreds of disciples forming the shoba swagat yatra (welcoming procession) enter the new temple grounds
Swamibapa Pipe Band lead the welcoming procession Swamibapa Pipe Band lead the welcoming procession Disciples pull the welcoming chariot through the new temple grounds Sants and hundreds of disciples from all around the world take part in the welcoming procesion
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree enters the sabha mandap His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree enters the sabha mandap welcomed by Shree Swamibapa Pipe Band Divine darshan of Acharya Swamishree with disciples His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers chandlo to the Sants who are going to recite the divine Shree SwaminarayanGadi holy scripture
The divine Shree SwaminarayanGadi holy scripture recital begins His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and Sants seated in the magnificantly decorated stage His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and Sants seated in the magnificantly decorated stage Hundreds of disciples from all over the world gathered to take part in the grand festival
Video is taken continously throughout the morning's events Acharya Swamishree bestows His divine blessings Sants play different traditional musical instruments and sing devotional songs to please Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa Diciples listen attentively to His Holiness Acharya Swamishree Ashirwad
Honoured guests arrive at Shree Swaminarayan Temple and Cultural Center Chicago Swamibapa Pipe Band escort the honoured guests into the sabha mandap Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois and Gary D. O'Rourke - Village of Streamword estates seated on the stage next to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree All honoured guests seated on the stage
Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois and Gary D. O'Rourke - Village of Streamword estates adorned in traditional indian headress (prasad paag) Gary D. O'Rourke - Village of Streamword estates adorned in traditional indian headress (prasad paag) Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois adorned in traditional indian headress (prasad paag) Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois offers a garland of fresh fragrant flowers to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers a chandlo to Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree presents a momento of the festival to Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers a chandlo to Al Larson - Village of Schaumburg President His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree offers a chandlo to William D. Mcleaod - Mayor of Village of Hoffman Estates
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree presents a momento of the grand festival to William D. Mcleaod - Mayor of Village of Hoffman Estates William D. Mcleaod - Mayor of Village of Hoffman Estates presents the key to the village of Hoffman Estates to His Divine Holiness Acaharya Swamishree His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives darshan to William D. Mcleaod - Mayor of Village of Hoffman Estates His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and all honoured guests take part in lighting the flame of peace
A close up of the flame of peace William D. Mcleaod - Mayor of Village of Hoffman Estates gives a speech in which he states how fortunate he is to have the new temple opening within his area of juristiction Stephen J. Taylor  - CEO Boy Scouts of America gives a speech Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois talks about how a diverse community can be prosperous
Al Larson - Village of Schaumburg President gives a speech Dan Rutherford - treasurer for the state of Illinois and Gary D. O'Rourke - Village of Streamword estates present His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree with a key to the city Billie Roth - Mayor of Streamwood and the Comittee members of Streamwood Billie Roth - Mayor of Streamwood is presented with a prasad garland of fresh fragrant flowers, a prasad shawl and a momento of the festival
Billie Roth - Mayor of Streamwood with the other honoured guests Billie Roth - Mayor of Streamwood with Sharon Caddigan - the Director of Development in Streamwood Billie Roth - Mayor of Streamwood gives a speech His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree talks briefly about the speeches given by the honoured guests
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree reaffirms the benefits of a strong and peaceful community - one of the underlying themes of all of the speeches given by honoured guests today His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives darshan with all the honoured guests The honoured guests take the opportunity to visit the brand new temple hall His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree gives darshan holding the key to the city of Streamwood
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree reading the constitution of the Boy Scouts of America, of which He is now an executive member The Key to the City of Streamwood (the large bronze key), the key to the village of Hoffman Estates (the silver key) and the boy scouts of America executive medallion are amongst the many articles presented to His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree by honoured guests The divine darshan of the lotus feet of His Holiness Acharya Swamishree A very young diciple shows His Holiness Acharya Swamishree the various photos he has taken during the mornings' events
All discples and guests enjoy Prasad Lunch      
 

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