Sunday 10 December 2023 | Kartik Vad 12, Samvat 2080

Sun 10 Dec 2023

Welcome Ceremony & Acharya Swamiji Maharaj's Ashirwad - Shree Swaminarayan Temple Ocala, Florida

1st Patotsav - Shree Swaminarayan Temple Ocala, Florida

Welcome Ceremony & Gurupoonam


On July 8th, 2023, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj was welcomed to Shree Swaminarayan Temple - Ocala, Florida 1 year after its opening ceremony last July. Disciples greeted Acharya Swamiji Maharaj and sants at the entrance of the Mandir property and escorted him to the Temple Hall. Devotees lined up all around to perform darshan of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamiji Maharaj. Disciples also began the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Granth Samuh Parayan Poojan ahead of Acharya Swamiji Maharaj's arrival on Saturday afternoon.

As Acharya Swamiji Maharaj was escorted to the Temple Hall with a short shoba yatra, He was greated with ornate balloon entrance decorations in the Temple. Disciples created balloon arches for Acharya Swamiji Maharaj's entrance into the Temple and decorated the pathway with a floral design. Following Acharya Swamiji Maharaj's entrance, a short Gurupoonam ceremony was held with Shree Mukatajeevan Swamibapa. Afterwards, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj offered His Divine Ashirwad to devotees and then aartis for the welcome ceremony and hindolo were performed.

The next morning on July 9th, 2023,  Acharya Swamiji Maharaj led the 1st Patotsav Celebrations at Shree Swaminarayan Temple - Ocala, Florida. The event began with a Patotsav Vidhi lead by Acharya Swamiji Maharaj as Disciples joined and observed from their seats. Follwing the Patotsav Vidhi, an annakut was offered to Lord Shree Swaminarayan and Acharya Swamiji Maharaj performed aarti of the grand offerings to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Disciples offered chaabs as well to Lord Shree Swaminarayan in celebration of the event and then performed aarti of the annakut as well. Acharya Swamiji Maharaj proceeded to offer His Divine Ashirwad to all in attendance. All disciples were then offered Mahaprasad after the event.