Thursday 28th May marked 78 years since His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj manifested on this Earth. Disciples around the world celebrated in their homes under the social distancing measures imposed during the global coronavirus pandemic. The Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury community held number of events and activities to mark the occasion, leading up to everyone watching the live broadcast of celebrations in Maninagar.
Students of Swamibapa’s Gujarati School not only handcrafted birthday cards earlier in the week that were later displayed at the Mandir before the Lord, they each recorded a ten second video clip with messages of love, devotion and affection to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. The medley of all these wonderful videos were then shown to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj on the 28th, much to His favour and delight.
Young dancers of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Academy of Performing Arts arranged a special performance indeed. Each student of the Academy rehearsed and performed a specially composed dance in their own homes and gardens, with all the videos clips being edited into a fantastic production that was presented to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. That video has since gone viral on social media, and has had tens of thousands of views.
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Academy of Excellence arranged an excellent stay-at-home Shibir - a set of games, activities and quizzes to not only bring the Mandir community together and keep them connected, but to impart essential dharmic learnings.
On the actual occasion of 28th May, many disciples sponsored thaars and birthday cakes that were offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj presiding at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, before joining the live online broadcast of the celebrations taking place at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Maninagar.
Together, these events and activities demonstrated the tremendous love, devotion and adoration that Acharya Swamishree Maharaj’s disciples, not only in London but all over the world, have for Him. Despite the locked down conditions, these celebrations will live long in the memory.