Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan Honours Sunita Williams  


On 25th September 2007 NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams, a progeny of Gujarat, was honoured by Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan in the presence of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree at Maninagar Temple.

On her arrival, Ms Williams was greeted by Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band and Trustees of the Sansthan. She, along with her father Dr Dipak Pandya, went for the darshan of Lord Swaminarayan and performed aarti to Him.

She was then offered a prasad paag, the first to be offered to a lady, and a memento by the Trustees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.  Acharya Swamishree also bestowed the title of “Vishava Vikas Virangna”  - The Bravest Woman in the entire Universe - to Sunita Williams.

Sunita Williams said that she was honoured to have the darshan of Acharya Swamishree and she truly felt this to be a holy place. She also said that of all the tributes she has received from any organisation in Gujarat, this has been the most memorable.

Acharya Swamishree said in His ashirwad that religion and science are parts of our life. Today, those who do not abide by the religious decree cannot progress in life. Those who cannot embrace religion in his life remain distant from the achievements of science.

After the function Sunita Williams and all the honoured guests had luncheon prasad.

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