His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree is the Spiritual Leader of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, a Worldwide Centre for Spiritual, Cultural and Social Welfare.
Is the fifth spiritual heir in the divine lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from the Supreme Lord Swaminarayan
Is a reverential leader of many thousands of followers throughout the world
Has provided spiritual enlightenment and character reformation to thousands of people, both young and old and of all creeds and races
Is actively involved in initiating the preservation of moral and cultural values
Is a renowned social reformer and absolute pacifist promoting world peace, tolerance and understanding of all faiths and nations
Embarks on tours around the world to raise awareness of the fundamentals of humanity
Has established schools, colleges, hostels, hospitals, clinics and drug rehabilitation centres
Instigates campaigns, to offer free medical assistance, distribute vital medicines, and provide assistance in educating the poor and disadvantaged
Arranges the distribution of clothes and food for the poor and needy in society
Encourages His disciples to donate blood and enrol on organ donor schemes
Encourages water conservation and initiates projects to dig reservoirs
Has a personal interest in the preservation of the environment and ecology in general
During times of drought, famine and earthquake, His Holiness has travelled to the inflicted regions and assisted in saving the lives of thousand
Recognising His great qualities, leading scholars, saints and religious workers have bestowed many honorary titles upon His Divine Holiness, which describe His divinity:
Sad-dharma-ratnakar - The ocean of true religiousness
Sad-dharma-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
Darshanik-sarva-bhaum - The Leader of all 6 categories of the ancient Hindu spiritual philosophy
Sidhant-vagish - Elite proclaimer of the most elite principles
Seva-murti-param-tapa - The service incarnation of the highest austerity
Sanskar-bhaskar - The Sun of true morality
Vishwa-vatsalya-mahodadhi - Greatest Ocean of spiritual love and compassion for the entire world
Ved-ratna - Sacred gem of the ancient Hindu philosophy
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj manifested on Thursday 28 May 1942 (Samvat 1998 Adhik Jeth Sud 13) in Bharasar – Kutch, India, at the home of father Shamjibhai Naran Madhani and mother Rambai. He was given the name Hirji by Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
From 1946 until 1953, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj attended the Bharasar Prathmik Shala (primary school).
On Sunday 21 March 1962 (Samvat 2018 Falgun Sud 15), at the age of 19, Gurudev Swamibapa initiated Hirji as a sant, and named Him Swami Purushottampriyadasji. The name given reveals his identity – the Swami who is beloved to Purushottam (the supreme Lord). Purushottam was also Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s name before He was initiated as a Sant. The name therefore signifies the immense love that Jeevanpran Swamibapa has for Him.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed devotional dances; the most famous being ‘Chho Prabhu Shree Ghanshyam Jaykaari’ (Oh Lord Shree Ghanshyam, You are Immensely Glorious). In 1970, during Swamibapa’s international tour, He performed this devotional dance at various places in the UK, including London’s Trafalgar Square.
On Wednesday 28 February 1979 (Samvat 2035 Falgun Sud 2), Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa appointed Swamishree to be His heir and subsequent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi. During the investiture ceremony, Jeevanpran Swamibapa stated, “I hand over the helm of the Karan Satsang – Shree Swaminarayan Gadi to Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swami. In every respect, Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Bapashree and I, will work through Him, and will always remain with Him.”
Jeevanpran Swamibapa's third tour to the United Kingdom. It was during this visit that Jeevanpran Swamibapa ceased to give darshan in a human state. This episode of Swamibapa's leela occurred in Bolton on the 30th August. Jeevanpran Swamibapa's murti was taken to Maninagar where His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the agnisanskar vidhi (cremation ceremony). At the exact space where this took place, Acharya Swamishree instigated the creation of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Smruti Mandir.
The first major festival for His Holiness Acharya Swamishree was the Bicentenary celebrations of Lord Swaminarayan. This 15 day long Mahotsav was held in Maninagar.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked on His first International tour in this year. He travelled to the UK to perform the opening of the new temple at Golders Green, London.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of Shree Muktajeevan Sevashram (health centre) at Bhuj.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of the Swaminarayan Higher Secondary School with Science and General Streams at Maninagar.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked upon the first tour of the USA where established the Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal, USA.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a grand new temple and a guest house at Mahalaxmi, Bombay.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a new temple at Kheda, the manifestation place of Jeevanpran Swamibapa.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of a new temple and a guest house at Mount Abu.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree performed the opening of the magnificent Swamibapa Smruti Mandir at Godasar, Ahmedabad on 7th Oct. This Memorial to Gurudev Swamibapa was opened in the presence of Dr Shankardayal Sharma (President of India).
This year marked 150 years since Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree gave darshan upon this earth. To mark this ocassion, His Holiness Acharya Swamishree celebrated the Sat Suvarna Mahotsav at Maninagar.
His Holiness Acharya Swamishree embarked on a 14 day tour to the Far Eastern countries and Australia
The Rajat Mahotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi (a festival marking 25 years since Jeevanpran Swamibapa gave Shree Swaminarayan Gadi a physical embodiment) was held in Maninagar. Acharya Swamishree opened the newly re-built Shree Ishwar Sadvidyashram (Swaminarayan Boarding). His Holiness Acharya Swamishree initiated the celebrations of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Shatabdi, a magnificent 10 year long festival commemorating the divine leela of Swamibapa.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj launches the official website, www.Swaminarayan Gadi.com
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets with the Prime Minister of India Shree Atul Bihari Bajpayee at the New Delhi Prime Minister's residence on Sunday the 17th October, 1999
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj's second spiritual tour of mainland Europe
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj's third spiritual tour of mainland Europe
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets with the Indian Vice President Shree Shakhavatji
Historical meeting between Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and the President of India, Dr APJ Kalam
Grand festival to celebrate the Hirak Jayanti (Diamond Jubilee), 60th anniversary, of when Jeevanpran Swamibapa installed the divine murti of Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj at the headquarters of the Swaminarayan Karan Satsang, Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar. As part of this Mahotsav, the Sants and disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan also acknowledged the events of Wednesday 28th February 1979, the 25th anniversary of when Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa designated Acharya Swamishree Maharaj to be His heir and divine sovereign of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi
Second meeting between Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and President APJ Kalam
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj meets the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj was commended with the prestigious Gujarat Gaurav Award as part of a special ceremony in Mumbai
Festival held to mark the 60th anniversary of when Gurudev Swamibapa first set foot on the soil of Panchmahal, and to celebrate the 50th diksha jayanti of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj
Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Shashtipurti (60th anniversary) Mahotsav Nairobi. Exactly 60 years have passed since the installation of the divine murtis in Nairobi Temple on Kirinyaga Road. To observe the 60th year of this auspicious day, the inspirator, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj together with the sants and devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan have organized a grand Shashtipurti Mahotsav from 22nd December to 26th December 2012.
Forty years after Gurudev Swamibapa’s Mokshdayi Yatra, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj lead a group of 600 Sants and disciples on a 7 day pilgrimage to Northern India, when they re-visited the sacred sites that Swamibapa blessed in 1973, and which Lord Shree Swaminarayan sanctified over 200 years ago
The beautiful murti of Shree Harikrushna Maharaj was seated upon a miniature throne on one side of the scale. Acharya Swamishree and sants then placed sugar crystals (saakar) on the other side of the scale. The tick mark on the scale slowly began to change position as the weight of the sugar crystals increased to one kilogram. Finally, when the weight of the sugar crystals surpassed the physical weight of Shree Harikrushna Maharaj’s murti, the side of the scale with His idol ascended higher than the other, and there were cries of joy all around. Acharya Swamishree and sants spun the scale around for the entire audience to have the divine darshan of Harikrushna Maharaj’s idol during the Tula. In a similar manner, Shree Harikrushna Maharaj was then weighed against one kilogram of silver, gold, and platinum in the form of bars and coins. Each time the scale tipped from one side to the other, there were ecstatic cries of joy from all over.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj led a group of 400 Sants and disciples on a pilgrimage to Northern India. The pilgrimage named Shree Muktajeevan Smruti Yatra, started in Ayodhya. The group then travelled to Chhapaiya, Varanasi and Kashi, where the eminent scholars of the Vedas performed the Vasant Pooja to Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and presented him with an honorary accolade, Ved-ratna
On the 19th of January 2017, Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal - Nairobi conducted a Sadbhav Amrut Parva Maha Poojan in honor of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj's 75th Manifestation. On 22nd Jan 2017 His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj 75th Sadbhav Amrut Parva was celebrated.
Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa established a new Mandir of the divine Karan Satsang in the village of Naranpar, Kutch in Samvat 2013, Vaishakh Sud 3. Sixty years have passed since the Mandir was established. In celebration, with the inspiration of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, and as a facet of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj Sadbhav Amrut Parva, a 5 day, auspicious festival is being celebrated, held from Tuesday 25 April to Saturday 29 April 2017.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj is the first leader of the Swaminarayan Faith to grace and sanctify the beautiful islands of Hawaii, the fiftieth state of the United States of America. From Sunday, June 25 through Friday, June 30, 2017, Acharya Swamishree, a mandal of twenty-six sants, and disciples partook in a week-long vicharan and spiritual retreat of the Big Island of Hawaii, a continuation of the Sadbhav Yatra, which commenced in Australia and East Asia earlier in the month.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj conscecrates the new Mandir premises in Embleton - Perth, Australia
On Tuesday 16 October 2018, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj and Sants visited the office of the Prime Minister in New Delhi, where He was received by Honourable Shree Modiji.
Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj Amrut Pratishtha Mahotsav has finally arrived, and the first day of this prestigious event commenced with great fervour. After performing the Shangar Aarti, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Maharaj arrived for darshan at Shree Suvarna Tula Smarak Bhavan, Shree Swaminarayan Tower, just as the sun was rising above the Maninagar skyline.
On Samvat 2075, Maha Sud 12/13, exactly 100 years will have passed since Jeevanpran Bapashree performed the official Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav of Ghanshyam Maharaj in Kadi Mandir. In celebration of this auspicious occassion, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj has inspired a 3-day festival, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February 2019.
As part of this special day’s ceremony to mark 10 years since the establishment of Surat Mandir, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj performed the patotsav ceremony of Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.
Inspired by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, 2019, Acharya Swamishree, sants, disciples of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan from all over the world, and members of the broader Virginia community, celebrated the arrival of Supreme Almighty Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa to this great state with the Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav and Silver Tula at Shree Swamianrayan Mandir – Chesapeake, Virginia!
With the inspiration of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, two significant events in the history of the Swaminarayan Faith are being celebrated in November 2019 in the village of Vrushpur, Kutch, Gujarat.