Saturday 14 October 2023 marked 116 years since Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa manifested upon the Earth. The event is celebrated at all Mandirs of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan around the world, as an opportunity for disciples to offer poojan to our beloved Guru.
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band led a procession from the forecourt of the Complex into the Mandir. As the sun shone on this Autumn afternoon, over 30 boys and girls took part in the Swagat Yatra carrying offerings of fruits, nuts and flowers.
As the Swagat Yatra entered the Mandir, the Band formed a guard of honour that Gurudev Swamibapa, who was seated on a golden palanquin, was lead through towards the Sinhasan. The Shahi Swagat took place, in which different kinds of offerings were presented to Swamibapa. Fresh flower garments and a celebration cake was also offered.
The assembled devotees were able to offer poojan (adoration) and aarti's before a special video of Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa’s unsurpassed deeds was then shown.
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.