On Wednesday, June 28th, 2023, Secaucus Temple welcomed His Divine Holiness Gnan Mahodadhi Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj and His sant mandal. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj began His second vicharan across North America one week prior as He landed in Toronto on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023. After traveling from Toronto through Horseheads, NY, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj finally presided over the disciples of Secaucus Temple and bestowed His Divine Darshan. Disciples from all around the world had the opportunity to view this event as it was broadcasted live on our Youtube Channel.
The festivities commenced with a welcome parade. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj presided over a float in clear sight of all disciples old and young. Lined directly across Him was Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band USA ready to salute Acharya Swamiji Maharaj. After the salute, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band USA led a procession of sants and disciples to the temple's main entrance. At the entrance, disciples performed pooja and aarti of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and Shree Hari Krishna Maharaj before They entered.
As Acharya Swamiji Maharaj made His entrance into the Temple Hall, He was greeted by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band USA harmoniously playing tunes whilst lined up on either side of the central aisle. The central aisle was an elevated platform decorated with flowers. It highlighted Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s entrance into the Temple hall as everyone was able to perform darshan.
Once the band completed its salutes, young disciples expressed their adoration for Acharya Swamiji Maharaj by performing a dance to welcome Him. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj, sants, disciples, and the performers’ families looked on gleefully as they were entertained by the performance. Following the welcome performance, a couple of disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Secaucus addressed the congregation singing the praises of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and thanking Him for blessing His disciples of North America with His Darshan throughout His vicharan this summer. Following the welcome speeches, all sants were introduced to the disciples of Secaucus Temple and provided a garland of roses.
The Welcome Program continued with Acharya Swamiji Maharaj’s Divine Ashirwad. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj blessed disciples of Secaucus Temple with live Ashirwad for the first time since His Farewell event last August. Following the Ashirwad, disciples performed aarti and darshan of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj.
Mahaprasad was served to all in attendance.