The evening of the Saturday 20th November saw the Swagat Sabha for Acharya Swamiji Maharaj – the first congregation in His divine presence to officially welcome Him to the UK. Following Sandhya Aarti and niyams, the sponsoring disciples escorted Acharya Swamiji Maharaj through the sabha to preside on the Gadi.
Members of the Mandir’s Main Committee offered poojan and flower garlands to Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and Sants on behalf of the London Sabha to officially welcome Them. Young students of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Academy of Performing Arts then performed a welcoming dance and kirtan bhakti to please the Lord. Everyone had the privilege of offering aarti to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj following scripture recitals. Finally, every single member of the men’s sabha had the opportunity to personally have the darshan of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, before to congregation concluded.
Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj is the current spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the heir to Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj, and sixth in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan.