Friday 31 March 2023 | Chaitra Sud 10, Samvat 2079
Fri 31 Mar 2023
In 2014, inspired by HDH Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, a historic Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav was celebrated for the first temple of Manaingar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan in Canada - Shree Swaminarayan Temple Scarborough (Toronto). One year has passed since this grand event, and from Friday, July 17h through Sunday, July 19th, 2015, the temple celebrated its first patotsav (temple and idol installation anniversary) in the presence of HDH Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, eminent sants, and hundreds of disciples. Acharya Swamishree also completed His vicharan of the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area during this time.
On the first day, Acharya Swamishree and sants performed padhramani at the homes and businesses of disciples living in the Toronto, Canada, area. By the divine grace of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, disciples have been able to successfully set up their lives and prosper outside India and in the country of Canada.
The second day of the patotsav commenced with scripture recitals and samuh parayans in the temple, and Acharya Swamishree then performed sandhya aarti, and everyone performed evening niyams. Much to everyone’s pleasure, young disciples gave speeches about the glory of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, and sants performed melodious and enjoy kirtan-bhakti during the evening.
Sunday, July 19th, 2015, was the 1st patotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Canada. From 8 AM to 9 AM, Acharya Swamishree performed the 1st patotsav vidhi ceremony and poojan to the divine murtis (idols) of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. He then was escorted outside to perform the flag-raising ceremony during which the previous year’s flag was switched out for a brand new one for the next year.
Upon Acharya Swamishree's return inside the temple, and disciples had assembled a grand annkut with a variety of Indian sweets and delicacies before the divine murtis. Acharya Swamishree offered these sweets to the Lord and cut a patotsav celebration cake, which He offered to the Lord as well. Acharya Swamishree and sants then performed aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, and disciples were then given the opportunity to perform aarti as well.
Acharya Swamishree subsequently showered His divine blessings upon the entire congregation. Afterwards, Acharya Swamishree gave His darshan to all disciples and was escorted out of the temple to consecrate the afternoon’s lunch, and this concluded the memorable three-day 1st patotsav celebration of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Canada.