On Friday 9 February 2007, Acharya Swamishree performed the ground breaking ceremony and laying of the foundation stone in Surat, Gujarat. On this occasion, many local dignitaries and state officials were present.
The second largest city in Gujarat is the port of Surat. This city is the ninth largest city in India and is reputed to be the fastest growing city in the World.
Surat is primarily largely recognised for its textile and diamond businesses. In fact, nearly three quarters of the world's diamonds are cut and polished here. For this reason, it is referred to as the ‘Diamond Capital of the World’.
Acharya Swamishree had a profound wish to establish a spiritual centre of our sublime Karan Satsang in Surat. This Temple would provide a spiritual home for the disciples living in Surat and also be a centre for the charitable and socially beneficial activities of our Sanstha in this region.
A large site on the main highway into Surat has now been purchased by Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan and planning permission has been obtained to build a large Shikhar-bandh Temple there.
On Friday 9 February 2007, Acharya Swamishree performed the ground breaking ceremony and laying of the foundation stone at the site. On this occasion, many local dignitaries and state officials were present.