Wednesday 22 March 2023 | Chaitra Sud 1, Samvat 2079
Wed 22 Mar 2023
Shree Swaminarayan Temple - Murfreesboro, Tennessee held it's Groundbreaking Shilyanas Ceremony on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022 on the auspicious day of Gurupurnima. Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj, 6th Heir to Lord Shree Swaminarayan and World Leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, who is on His Inaugural North America tour since becoming Acharya in 2020, lead the ground breaking ceremony, along with sixteen eminent sants, for a new, traditional and modern Hindu Swaminarayan Shikhar Bandh Mandir.
Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal USA was established in 1987 by 5th Spiritual Heir to Lord Swaminarayan, Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj. In 2014, the South East Mandal was established with a Hari Mandir in Columbia, Tennessee with the installation of divine Murtis of Lord Shree Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree, and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeeavan Swamibapa. The Mandal has flourished and grown in number, ever since its establishment. In 2019, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj blessed the newly purchased land and envisioned a grand Swaminarayan Gadi Shikhar Bandh Mandir. Due to COVID-19, the ground breaking ceremony was postponed. In 2022, Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj officially broke ground for the Tennessee Temple, with devotees joining from all across the globe, in addition to respected dignitaries of Rutherford County - including Mayor Bill Ketron. Per traditional Hindu Vedic culture, an urn was filled with pure gold and silver donations and buried on the land. The event was concluded in a community hall, celebrating the auspicious Guruponnam - including divine ashirwad, dhyan, katha, kirtan, aarti, and prasad. Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj then departed to California for his West Coast Vicharan. Following, He will return to the Midwest and Canada, before returning back to New Jersey to conclude His North America Vicharan.