In 1979 CE, Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa nominated Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree as His divine successor and spiritual heir. Jeevanpran Swamibapa handed the helm of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi to Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj at the anniversary celebrations of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Maninagar in 1979 CE. The supreme principles and benevolent practices taught by Lord Swaminarayan and propagated throughout the world by Jeevanpran Swamibapa are alive today at Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, through His Holiness Acharya Swamishree.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree has continued in the pioneering divine footsteps of gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, spreading the supreme tenets of Lord Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree throughout the world. His Divine Holiness has been instrumental in the establishment of new Temples, centres of spiritual, cultural and social welfare, throughout the entire globe.
His Divine Holiness - The Unique Devotee
Acharya Swamishree has exemplified his absolute devotion unto his Guru Jeevanpran Swamibapa by inspiriting the creation of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir (Memorial Temple) in Godasar, Ahmedabad - at the exact eternal samadhi site of Swamibapa. This magnificent marble Temple contains unique architecture, art and sculpture, all describing Jeevanpran Swamibapa's service to society.
||Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Temple
The Smruti Temple was opened in 1991 CE by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, in the presence of the President of India, Dr Shankardayal Sharma. This beautiful marble temple, has unparalleled intricate architecture. Leading world dignitaries have described the Temple to being even more superior in beauty then the Taj Mahal.
||Acharya Swamishree and President of India,
Dr Shankardayal Sharma at Smruti Mandir
The building represents the love and devotion of His Holiness Acharya Swamishree towards His Guru Jeevanpran Swamibapa, (Guru Bhakti). Leading artists have become awe struck at this tale of true love, and have acclaimed this as an unbelievable fairy tale that had come true, in the twentieth century, when the world is said to be rife with hatred.
Recognising His great qualities, leading scholars, saints and religious workers have bestowed many honorary titles upon His Divine Holiness, which describe His divinity:
Saddharma Ratnakar - The ocean of true religiousness
Sadharma Jyotirdhar - The beacon, torch of true religiousness
Sanatan Dharma Sanrakshak - The protector of the eternal religion, Sanatan Dharma
Dharma Rakshak Chudamani - The greatest jewel for the protector of dharma
Sat Sidhant Divakar - The great illuminator of the true religion
Daarshanik Saarva Bowm - The Leader of all 6 categories of the ancient Hindu spiritual philosophy
Sidhant Vagish - The personification of principles at their most elite
Seva Murti Param Tapa - The service incarnation of the highest austerity
||Acharya Swamishree gives a donation to a child during a Medical Camp