Spiritual Head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Pramukhswami is No More [ Current Affairs ]


Spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Pramukh Swami, passed away in 13th August 2016.at Sarangpur in Botad district, India. He was a 95 year old. Pramukh Swami was unwell for some time because of old age related problems and was under treatment at Sarangpur temple of the sect.

Spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha,Pramukh Swami

Spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha,Pramukh Swami

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  • He was an inspirer of countless and a great servant of society. His service to the society will always be remembered.
  • Pramukh Swami is credited to have overseen construction of over 1,000 temples including some grand one like Akshardham in Gandhinagar and Delhi.
  • He also constructed a temple in abroad including England, East Africa, South Africa, USA, Canada and other countries.             
  • He had initiated over 800 youths to monk-hood during his life time.
  • Pramukh Swami is also known for his social concerns, they actively participated in rescue and relief operations during the times of earthquakes, floods and shortages and other natural calamities. 
  • He travelled both in India and abroad, in the process holding ‘satsang’ and creating a large base of devotees.   
  • He travelled in over 45 countries like UK, USA, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Africa, Australia, Kenya, South New Zealand, Malaysia, Dubai, Japan, France, Egypt, Germany, and others.

About Pramukh swami Maharaj:

  • Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the spiritual head and president of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
  • Pramukh Swami, born on December 7, 1921 at Chansad village in Vadodara district.
  • Shantilal was named by his parents. The youngest of nine siblings, He was selected by Shastriji Maharaj.
  • At the age of 18 , he was initiated into Swaminarayan sect under the guidance of Shastriji Maharaj and given a name of Narayanswarupdas.   
  • Shastriji Maharaj had instructed Pramukh swami’s father, Shantilal be sent to him to lead a religious life.           
  • He was appointed the President, or Pramukh, of BAPS replacing Shastriji Maharaj in 1950. At that time he was 28 year.

- Published on: August 16, 2016