BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu mandirs and centres across the UK and Europe held a series of kirtan aradhanas (musical tributes) over the summer of 2022 in commemoration of the centennial birth anniversary of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Each aradhana was titled ‘Tasmai Shri-Gurave Namah’, in the traditional Hindu spirit of honouring the guru and his indispensable role in the spiritual development of each individual.
Expert swamis from India and the UK – Premvadandas Swami, Kamalnayandas Swami, Gurukirtandas Swami and others – as well as youths and children of various ages from around the UK and Europe presented a set of kirtans extolling the inspiring life and virtues of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The traditional Indian folk and classical melodies were accompanied a variety of musical instruments.
With the blessings of Mahant Swami Maharaj, 34 such musical tributes provided rich spiritual enjoyment and upliftment for thousands of individuals, families and the whole community.
Many of the centres also organised special exhibits to consolidate the theme of the kirtan aradhana, with young boys and girls presenting key incidents or virtues from the life of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
These events formed part of a larger programme of 125 musical tributes being delivered across the UK and Europe to celebrate the hundredth birth anniversary of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. These began in May 2019 and will conclude with the final kirtan aradhana in December 2022.
Please click the thumbnails below to see galleries of the respective musical tributes.