Tuesday 21 March 2023 | Fagan Vad 30, Samvat 2079
Tue 21 Mar 2023
Following the welcome ceremony for Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Delaware celebrated its 8th annual Patotsav. 8 years ago, Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the divine idol installation ceremony of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa at this beautiful temple. In accordance to traditions, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj led the patotsav celebrations for the first time at Delaware Temple.
After mangala aarti, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed poojan to Shree Ganpatiji and Shree Hanumanji's murtis. Afterwards, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj commenced the shodshopchaar poojan of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. During the poojan, sants and disciples chanted the sacred 108 names of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and the mahamantra together.
A grand annakut was then offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj cut a celebration cake in honor of the occasion. After the annakut was prepared, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and eminent sants performed aarti of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and the annakut darshan. Disciples also performed aarti of Lord Shree Swaminarayan and the annakut as well. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj proceeded by blessing the audience with aashirwad. Following the aashirwad, disciples were given a chance to perform darshan of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj. The event then concluded with prashad offered to all in attendance.