Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Acharya Swamishree Pays Homage to the Soldiers
who fought for India


It is said that the battle for Independent India commenced in the year 1857. The Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the First War of Indian Independence, was a prolonged period of armed uprisings in different parts of India against British occupation of that part of the subcontinent. This war brought about the end of the British East India Company's rule in India, and led to direct rule by the British Raj of much of the Indian subcontinent for the next 90 years, until its Independence.

To mark the 150th anniversary of this important year in India’s history, a special event was held in Bodidra, Panchmahal on 3 March 2007, in which Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan paid homage to the Indians who fought and lost their lives for Mother India. It was here, on Bodira’s lakeside, that a bloody battle took place in 1857. During this battle, many Indians were fired on by the ruling military. A brave soldier and freedom fighter from this village was Bhimsinh Parmar. Acharya Swamishree unveiled a memorial to him.

On this occasion, the State Forestry and Conservation Minister, Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, the Mahant of the Kabir Temple, Shree Thakordas Maharaj and Chetandas Maharaj were also present.

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