Sunday 26 March 2023 | Chaitra Sud 5, Samvat 2079
Sun 26 Mar 2023
Following the welcome ceremony for Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Virginia celebrated its 3rd Patotsav. 3 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 the Virginia Temple.
After mangla aarti, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed poojan to Shree Ganpatiji and Shree Hanumanji's murtis. Also, as part of the early morning events, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj raised new Shree Swaminarayan Gadi flags upon the Temple grounds. 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. 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.