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Shree Swaminarayan Mandir New Jersey 15th Patotsav
August 7, 2016

 
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Sunday was the 15th Patotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Temple New Jersey. Acharya Swamishree performed the patotsav poojan, as sants and disciples chanted the sacred mahamantra together. A grand annakut was then offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, and Acharya Swamishree cut a celebration cake in honor of the occasion. The flags of the temple were also changed and raised to mark the temple entering its sixteenth year.

 


 

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Delaware Patotsav
August 2, 2016

 
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The second patotsav celebrations for Shree Swaminarayan Temple Delaware were held from Monday, August 1, to Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

Sants and disciples gathered in the temple Monday afternoon to preform the Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir Rajat Mahotsav Maha Yagna ceremony as well as samuh parayans. Thereafter, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was warmly welcomed to the temple in the evening. Disciples performed the swagat of Acharya Swamishree as well as all sants by garlanding them. Acharya Swamishree then performed sandhya aarti niyams, and all disciples then had mahaprasad.

The next morning, Acharya Swamishree performed the second patotsav ceremony of the divine murtis of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa in Shree Swaminarayan Temple Delaware. He also performed the annual flag-raising ceremony outdoors. A grand annakut was then assembled by sants, and everyone then had the chance to perform annakut aarti and darshan. Acharya Swamishree showered divine blessings upon all, and the event concluded with mahaprasad for everyone outdoors. Acharya Swamishree then continued His vicharan of the Mid-Atlantic area before reaching New Jersey.

 


 

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto Patotsav
July 29, 2016

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The second patotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Toronto, Canada was celebrated with a two-day event from Thursday, July 28 to Friday, July 29, 2016.

Thursday afternoon, disciples participated in the Maha Yagna for the upcoming Shree Mukajeevan Swamibap Smruti Mandir Rajat Mahotsav. During the evening, disciples performed various religious skits to please Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

Friday morning, Acharya Swamishree performed the second patotsav ceremony to the divine murtis of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa installed in the golden sinhasan two years ago. He also performed the flag-raising ceremony. Sants then assembled a divine annakut, and everyone then had the chance to perform annakut darshan and aarti. Afterwards, Acharya Swamishree showered His divine blessings upon the entire congregation, as well as sants and disciples residing all across the world. The event concluded with mahaprasad for all attendees.

 


 

Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Chicago - 5th Patotsav Celebrations
July 23, 2016

 
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On Saturday, July 23, 2016, the fifth patotsav celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Chicago commenced. During the afternoon, disciples participated in the Maha Yagna in celebration of the upcoming Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir Rajat Mahotsav. In the evening, disciples of all ages performed devotional dances and a religious drama to please Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree.

The next morning, Sunday, July 24, 2016, Acharya Swamishree performed the fifth patotsav ceremony to the divine murtis of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa in the temple. The flags atop the temple's shikhars were also changed this morning. Sants and disciples from all over the world then had the chance to perform aarti and receive divine annakut darshan. Acharya Swamishree then showered His divine blessings. Once the program concluded, everyone had mahaprasad in the temple hall.

 


 

Acharya Swamishree Arrives US
July 21, 2016

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His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree landed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on July 21, 2016 to commence His annual North America tour. Upon His arrival to Shree Swaminarayan Temple – Streamwood, Illinois, Acharya Swamishree was greeted by disciples from all corners of the United States who had traveled to the geographic center. That evening, a special welcome sabha was held during which disciples humbly welcomed Acharya Swamishree and His sant mandal. Disciples offered flowers to each of the sants and young disciples performed kirtan bhakti to please Acharya Swamishree. The program concluded with Sandhya aarti and niyams.

 


 

Ocala, Florida Patotsav
July 10, 2016

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On Sunday, July 10, 2016, sants performed the sixth annual patotsav ceremony of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Ocala, Florida.

 


 

Southeast Vicharan
July 7, 2016

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Sants commenced their annual vicharan of North America on Monday, July 27, 2016. Within one week, they performed padhramanis at the homes and businesses of disciples and spread the supremacy and glory of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa through the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Additionally, they performed the third patotsav ceremony of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Temple Kentucky on June 28, the second patotsav ceremony of Swaminarayan Gadi Temple Tennessee on June 29, and the fifth patotsav ceremony of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Temple Georgia on July 2. They are currently making their way through South Georgia and Florida.

 


 

Hiking Trip
June 25, 2016

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On Saturday, June 25, 2016, sants and disciples from Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Temples in New Jersey and Delaware visited Bushkill Falls in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Bushkill Falls, known as the "Niagara of Pennsylvania," is among Pennsylvania's most famous scenic attractions. Sants and disciples hiked over 3 miles for nearly 2 hours, visiting each of the 8 falls in the park. Throughout their trek, sants imparted gnan and wisdom to young and old disciples alike, and all disciples were able to bond with one another in a casual outdoors environment. The day ended with a picnic lunch in the park.

 


 

Sant Mandal Arrives in US
June 21, 2016

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With the divine blessings of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharaya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj, six eminent sants of the Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan arrived to the United States on June 21, 2016 for a North America vicharan. Full Article

 


 


   
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